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Sophie Yanow. Queer cartoonist, originally from the Bay Area, known to roam near Montreal.
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It is written in the Chanyuan Qinggui (Zen Monastic Standards) that the function of the Tenzo is to manage meals for the monks. Since ancient times this office has been held by realized monks who are established in the Way or by senior disciples who have aroused the Bodhisattva spirit within themselves. This work requires exerting all your energies toward the Way. Those entrusted with this work but who lack the Way will only cause and endure hardship despite all their efforts.
The Chanyuan Quinggui says, ‘Put your Awakened Mind to work, making a constant effort to serve carefully varied meals appropriate to each occasion and thus allow everyone to practice without hindrance.’
When you prepare food, never view the ingredients as plain or commonplace. Maintain an attitude that tries to build great temples from ordinary greens, that expounds the Buddhadharma through the most trivial techniques. When making soup with ordinary greens, do not regard them lightly. Neither jump for joy because you have been given ingredients of superior quality. A person who is influenced by the quality of a thing, or who changes his speech or manner according to the appearance or position of the people he meets, is not a person working in the Way.
Do not leave washing the rice or preparing the vegetables to others but use your own hands, your own eyes, your own sincerity. Do not fragment your attention but see what each moment calls for. If the six flavours are not in harmony and the three virtues are lacking, then the Tenzo is not truly serving the community. Do not be absent-minded in your activities, nor so absorbed in one aspect of a matter that you fail to see its other aspects. Do not overlook one drop in the ocean of dharma. Cultivate a spirit which strives to increase the source of goodness upon a mountain of goodness."