Lotus in the Fire

August 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

“I know now with absolute certainty that the chanting and prayers we offer are a very real way of helping all beings suffering in all realms.  The karma of those in pain is such that without our help, it would take much longer for them to become free by expiating the root causes of their suffering.  In the same way that we are helped by the efforts of highly developed spiritual beings in this and other realms, we too can help other beings in the “lower realms.”  Really, it is our responsibility to help in whatever way we can.  By doing so we are repaying our debt of gratitude for all the help we are receiving and have received since the beginningless beginning.”

Jim Bedard, Lotus in the Fire: The Healing Power of Zen.

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