Encourage Others

CASE
A student asked Nakagawa-Soen during a meditation retreat, “I am very discouraged. What should I do?” Soen Roshi replied, “Encourage others.”

PARTIAL COMMENTARY
Some will follow the way when they are discouraged, some when they are encouraged, and some when they are even tempered… Which are you? What should you do?…

VERSE by Dairyu
In the rainy village
or the sunbleached plain
the Dharma reigns equally,
still you are responsible.