Raven 9

Character. The ethical and the social are intricately interwoven. But what about your nonsocial reality: mountains, rivers, sunshine, wind, rain, forests of trees and wide fields of grasses? How do these things make you a better person?
One evening, in a discussion of her personal problems, Raven asked Brown Bear, "What is the role of character in the practice?"
Brown Bear said, "I try to keep my promises."
Raven said, "I try to keep my promises, too, but I'm easily distracted."
Brown Bear said, "The cold wind reminds me." (adapted from Robert Aitken, Zen Master Raven)
Raven 8

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