Often people ask me how many years they have to practice zazen before it shows results. Zazen has no results. You wonít get anything at all out of zazen.
In true dharma thereís nothing to gain. In false dharma thereís something to gain.
The way of buddha means that there is nothing to seek, nothing to find [mushogu-mushotoku]. If thereís something to find, no matter how much we practice, itís got nothing to do with the buddha-dharma. If thereís nothing to find [mushotoku], thatís the buddha-dharma.
Whatís zazen good for? Absolutely nothing! This ďgood for nothingĒ has got to sink into your flesh and bones until youíre truly practicing whatís good for nothing. Until then, your zazen is really good for nothing.
Zazen is unsatisfying. Unsatisfying for whom? For the ordinary person. People are never satisfied.
Donít whine. Donít stare into space. Just sit!
Zazen isnít like a thermometer where the temperature slowly rises: ďJust a little more Ö yeah Ö thatís it! Now, Iíve got satori!Ē Zazen never becomes anything special, no matter how long you practice. If it becomes something special, you must have a screw lose somewhere.
If we donít watch out, weíll start believing that the buddha-dharma is like climbing up a staircase. But it isnít like this at all. This very step right now is the one practice which includes all practices, and it is all practices, contained in this one practice.
You want to become a buddha? Thereís no need to become a buddha! Now is simply now. You are simply you. And tell me, since you want to leave the place where you are,where is it exactly you want to go?
Zazen means just sitting without even thinking of becoming buddha.
In the world, itís always about winning or losing, plus or minus. Yet in Zazen, itís about nothing. Itís good for nothing. Thatís why it is the greatest and most all-inclusive thing there is.
We donít achieve satori through practice: practice is satori. Each and every step is the goal.