It’s not about you. Dogen’s view of zazen and Shinran’s view of nembutsu (recitation of the name of Amida Buddha) share the idea that practice is something we do in response to the promptings of Buddha nature. Or to put it another way, whether we know it or not, practice is something we do for others. The path, then, is clarifying how this is so.

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