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Lions Roar : May 2016
Spiritual friendship is less about personal connection than it is about helping one another grow in faith and goodness— to realize, as we say in Zen, our true nature. Sangha friend- ships are forged and grounded in silence. This is especially true in the Soto Zen tradition I practice, which emphasizes meditation as a shared activity over a long period of time. In ordinary friendships we might connect right away, with lots to share and learn from one another. In sangha life, friend- ship develops much more slowly. It may take years to share backgrounds and personal stories. Maybe we never do. But in the meantime, we slowly get to know one another inti- mately in the silent space of the meditation hall. We know each other’s hands and feet and facial expressions, how we walk and stand and sit. We see the suffering and the triumph expressed in body language and facial expression. We share the sound of our voices joined in chanting. We hear our groans, our fatigue, the ways Alan supported, loved, and respected me more than I supported, loved, and respected myself. His practice and loving heart was, and remains, my inspiration. we cope when we don’t have our usual social strategies available. Often the most unlikely people show up in Buddhist communi- ties, people who under ordinary circumstances would never meet and spend weeks, maybe years, together. Yet this disparate group of people manages to find harmony, commonality, and deep mutual appreciation despite their differences. They come to share some- thing more fundamental than their interests and affinities. Norman Fischer (right) with his closest spiritual friend, the late Rabbi Alan Lew. They cofounded Makor Oar center for Jewish meditation. LION’S ROAR | MAY 2016 61