17 Sep Meditation + Talk: Introduction to a Koan – Washing Your Bowls
Henry is a writer, poet, and Zen teacher. Originally from the UK, and a long-time resident of New Mexico, he is the guiding teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, and co-director of the Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute. He is the author of One Blade of Grass, and has written semi-regularly for Tricycle and the New York Times.
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Generosity itself is a beautiful practice that opens and gladdens the heart, relaxes the contraction of “self,” and ripples out into the world to touch many people – and perhaps, eventually, even oneself.
Additionally, many expressions of generosity are not about money. People offer attention, encouragement, and patience many times a day. Sometimes we withhold when it would be so easy, actually, to listen quietly for another minute or to offer a word of appreciation or simply a look that says, “I’m with you.” Try being a little more generous for a day and see what happens.