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The following is an excerpt from this issue:

Our practice is to settle down in the midst of whatever happens. That is the first night watch. Until we learn to settle down, we cannot see things as they really are. Until we overcome our own desires, ‘I want’ or ‘I don’t want’, we cannot really receive the eyes to see things as they really are. In Buddhism we talk about the right view. Right view is outside our own expectation, liking and not liking. So the first period is very important. It is kind of like a pre-requisite. The first night watch is where we spend most of the time with our meditation practice and activity.

Desire, working on the world of desire – that is where we are born – then once it is overcome… (Continued on page 1.)

Jikishoan Tokozan