Zen

Life as ritual.

In performing a ritual one has a role. Different people may perform the same ritual and each will do it slightly differently according to differences of body and mind, but the important thing is the rite itself. In order to give a competent performance of the rite one has to let body and mind fall away. What matters are the essential elements of the rite itself, not the idiosyncrasy of one’s individual performance. If one takes the whole of life to be such a rite then this consideration applies in all situations.
To perform the rite one lets go of body and mind.
When one performs a rite the holy appears. Even though those who perform the rite are ordinary beings, still the sacred appears through their performance. David Brazier. The Dark Side of the Mirror.

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