Introduced by Jakusho Kwong-rōshi
Mill Valley Zendō
Wednesday Morning, December 23, 1970
Zazen—zazen practice, for us, more and more become important. Nowadays, as you may feel, we are human being. We came to the point where we must start—maybe it is too late but, even so, we must start some new movement. In America it is not so—so bad, but in Japan it is very bad because the land is so narrow. And what people did for [to] their own land is awful. Soon they will not have anything to eat. And I—we think, even though we die will come to—to the earth. And everything, you know, which appeared should come back to the earth or in its wide sense it—it must come back to emptiness. But something we human being did for [to] our earth or land is pretty difficult to go back, to resume its old home of emptiness.
We human being appeared on this earth and did many things to the earth. And as long as we could, you know—everything resume to emptiness, it was okay. But now it is not—what we did is pretty difficult to resume to emptiness. If you raise, you know, vegetables—vegetables contain something harmful to you. If you eat something, if you breathe air—everything, you know, has already some poison for us. And poison we made remains on the earth almost looks like forever. It cannot be forever, but for human being it is—it is almost forever.
People talks about this kind of thing, but they do not feel so deeply or bad about this. I feel—if I could, you know, after death become emptiness, I feel very good. But what we did, as Buddha says, is, you know, create karma—awful karma.