"Consider today the 85 generations of people who have carried the Zen teachings in their unique way to you. How does that impact your attitude towards your practice?"
(The Zendo after a group sitting)
"Consider the 85 generations of your family who have carried DNA across continents and each expressing in their individual way. How does that awareness impact you?"
(sign that hangs by the door in my hall)
"Consider all the people you see today by realizing that they too are dependent on thousands of generations before them. How does that change the way you look at them?"
Excerpted from day 9 of "Commit to Sit" practice