• A lovely book, a prayer in itself. —Philip Zaleski, co-author of Prayer

  • In the Zen tradition the practitioner has to rely on his or her own force more than the force or the power of others. This means that we have to take our destiny into our own hands, and not just believe and have faith in another person, even if that other person is the Buddha. But, if that is so, then what is the role of prayer? Should we pray or not? And what should we pray for?

    When we pray, we need faith, love, and we also need mindfulness – the real presence of our body and mind. If this factor is lacking, then, whatever our tradition may be, we are not able to pray. If you are not present, then who is the one who is praying? When you are really there then you will have concentration and that is the condition that will lead to insight.