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Subtle Sound: Maurine Stuart

Updated: Sep 22, 2020


Mokuo Nancy Sherwood donated a short book about the life and teachings of Maurine Stuart-roshi to our Sangha library. I have selected three teachings to share:


The Illusion of I

In the first chapter of the book, she looks readers in the "I." The pseudo form that disavows the transitory nature of human existence. This remarkable teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha that becomes a vault of stored assumptions that can be viewed as hoarding or greed. " ...we suffer because we want so much (and) the situation should be different than it is. (p.3)."


It is as if the "I" is a powerful magnet first charged in our early childhood