The four activities of a Bodhisattva are also known as the four wisdoms – Giving, Kind Speech, Kind Actions and Empathy for all sentient beings - the four ways Buddhas conduct themselves.
Our aspiration to practise the Buddha way, has benefits for both ourselves and others. In looking after yourself, you are also taking care of all sentient beings. Regardless of ones own condition – you are also caring for all beings by engaging in these practices. Therefore we must give without looking for reward or acknowledgment. Not having desire for reward or expectations is in itself giving to others.
Over four Friday's in July, Ekai Korematsu Roshi will discuss how one can practise these four wisdoms in everyday life with reference to chapter 46 of Zen Master Dogen's Shobogenzo, entitled 'Bodaisatta Shishobo' (On the Four Exemplary Acts of a Bodhisattva). Copies of the text will be provided.
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Ekai Korematsu Roshi is the main teacher and Director of Jikishoan's 'Zen and Integrated Buddhist Studies' Program. Born in Japan in 1948, he studied humanities and Buddhism in Denmark, USA and Japan. Ordained as a monk by Kobun Chino Roshi at Haiku Zendo, Los Altos in 1976, Ekai Roshi received Dhamma transmission from Ikko Narasaki Roshi at Zuioji Monastery in 1986. His formal training was twelve years in three monasteries: Eiheiji, Zuioji and Shogoji. His Buddhist education is through Soto Zen Buddhism. Ekai Roshi has served as Abbot and Resident Teacher of Jikishoan Zen Buddhist Community in Melbourne since its inception in 1999.