A Meeting With A Buddhist Teacher: By Joyce Short

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I remember the first time I met a Buddhist teacher. A zen Roshi came to give a public talk.

Roshi began by saying that since we had all come to see him – he would take off his clothes if we liked.

Then, after a short Dharma talk – he made the assembled crowd stand up, put our hands on our hips, lean back, stick out our bellys and laugh.

At first the attempt was pretty pathetic, we were a very intense group – but, eventually we were rolling around on the floor laughing. A good laugh is the fastest way out of clinging that I have ever found.

Joyce Short

Joyce Short is a contributor to both the HarshaSatsangh and NondualitySalon mailing lists.


The image was taken by Jason Gregory

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