Poison and joy
· 11 Jul 2023
TEISHO John Tarrant Roshi POISON AND JOY October 17, 1992 Center for Seven Generations Occidental, California The title of today's talk is "Poison and Joy". Please sit comfortably. In the great work that we do what eventually appears is a great fire or light in us that we realize was always there and touches all things with its joy, but we always begin the work in darkness, I think. Buddha, I'm sure, was not the first to observe that there is something very unsatisfactory about life a lot of the time. He made it the first principle of his teaching saying that you cannot escape from suffering. But then he said, "But there is an end...