A Gift of Dharma for 6.15.11

Today’s quote is from Charlotte Joko Beck (1917-2011), the teacher who established the Ordinary Mind Zen School, founded the Zen Center of San Diego, and authored the popular books Everyday Zen: Love and Work and Nothing Special: Living Zen (with Steve Smith). She died this morning, while under hospice care. This is it — her oft-referenced “Four Practice Principles”:

Caught in the self-centered dream,
Only suffering.

Holding to self-centered thoughts,
Exactly the dream.

Each moment, life as it is,
the only teacher.

Being just this moment,
compassion’s way.