Opening with a Spanish reading of Pablo Neruda’s famous poem “Ode to Common Things,” Zuisei Sensei speaks of Right Livelihood, the fourth factor in the Noble Eightfold Path.
Sensei speaks of work, both as sacred labor, and as the act of relating to other people and to things. We have to work, we have to make and buy and use and eat things. The question is how do we do this so we don’t hurt ourselves, each other, and our planet. So right livelihood is about living rightly—about caring deeply about our work and one another and the things that support our lives.
Recorded at Zen Center of New York City, 06/07/2015