While I was not raised in any religious setting growing up, I always just assumed that this kind of conditioning was the root of my resistance to the idea of repentance.Meido wrote: ↑Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:44 amYes, I agree...let's keep this thread a little bit focused, as its an interesting topic that doesn't get sufficient discussion in some Western Zen circles I think.
Particularly as many of us come from backgrounds conditioned by Abrahamic concepts of purity, sin and atonement, this is an interesting thing to examine.
Perhaps we can broaden the discussion to include with "repentance" the terms "confession" and "purification," as these are different aspects of the subject we're discussing here.
"Confession" and "purity" are also a couple words that I notice some resistance to. Three times a year, my son and I head up to the Providence Zen Center for Sangha days (Buddha's Birthday, Buddha's Enlightenment Day and Founder's Day). In the afternoon, there is always a Precepts ceremony. It's an interesting ceremony, because it encompasses all three of the terms mentioned above. Here is short excerpt from it:
We now prostrate ourselves in repentance for all karma
hindrances accumulated for many kalpas.
We desire that our transgressions be totally removed
and that life after life we may always walk the path to
The whole ceremony is here