Ten years ago on May 10th, Maylie Scott, a Zen teacher at Arcata Zen Center, died. Alan Senauke who was her Dharma brother and friend, inherited responsibility for her teaching in Arcata. He writes in his blog today at Clear View Blog about Maylie. Maylie had a particular interpretation of the Metta Sutta and I print it here while remembering her on the anniversary of her death.
"Maylie reworked the Metta Sutta, the Buddhas discourse on lovingkindness into a prayer, blending her own words with the Buddha’s. The unique point of this prayer emerges in the next to last line: “…our peace in the world is a result of our work for justice.” The notion of “justice” is not commonly found in the Buddha’s teachings, and some people are uncomfortable with it. The Buddha often spoke of “just” or correct, in balance. The Western image of Justice is a blindfolded woman, impartial even to her own preferences, holding a scale. Justice is about balance, finding the proper balance in our lives and in our society. Maylie was passionate about social justice without turning away from her adversaries, without seeing them as less than fully human. And in her steady everyday devotion to zazen, she was again and again finding balance, finding what was just in her own life."— Hozan Alan Senauki