"Never forget the one-thousand-year view..."
...on September 11, 2001, I was with a small group of teachers invited to spend the day with the Zen master Harada Roshi at his Tahoma Zen Monastery on Whidbey Island, in Washington State. From early morning, my wife and I had been sitting stunned in front of the TV. We decided to go ahead and spend the day with Harada.
At the end of the day, he gave everyone a poster with a big Zen circle, an Enso, and underneath, the words, “Never forget the one-thousand-year view.”
I just love that. I would say that all of my work has been informed by that spirit. How can we just put one skillful drop into the mix? We have no idea what the effects will be.
The world is on fire. It’s screaming. We have to trust that if we maintain a certain kind of integrity and learn to wake up in tiny little ways and embody compassion in tiny little ways in the laboratory of our own lives and families and work, over time it will elevate and transform society.
-Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn