Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Daikaku said to his assembly of monks: "SITTING MEDITATION IS THE METHOD OF GREAT LIBERATION."

It is very strange that JUST BY SILENTLY SITTING, WATCHING YOUR THOUGHTS MOVING HERE AND THERE, as if they do not belong to you -- you don't have to do anything about them, not even make a judgment -- just sitting silently, not doing anything, AND THE DOOR OPENS.

YOUR ULTIMATE REALITY is not something to be sought in the outside world, it IS HIDDEN IN THE SEEKER HIMSELF. The moment you start looking for it here and there, you are going far away, far away from yourself.

THERE IS NO NEED TO GO ANYWHERE; just sit down, settle down. The mind is just like dust in water: IF YOU ARE PATIENT ENOUGH, THE DUST WILL SETTLE, and the crystal-clear water will be there reflecting the full moon.

ZEN DOES NOT PREACH ANY DISCIPLINE, any doctrine, any practice. It is one of the greatest blessings to humanity that zen has made the search for oneself so obvious and so simple.

Turning In
Ch #5: Meditation, the method of great liberation

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