A Pot of Boiling Potatoes

When I tell people I lived in a Zen Center for 6 years many of them imagine a serene temple filled with people guided by the longing for insight and transcendence. But more often than not the temple was tumultuous because our worst habits, thoughts, and behaviors bubbled to the surface. This is because the purpose of a temple is not to provide serenity, it is to help us work on our karma.