I have just come in from my garden on a warm summer Sunday evening. There were half a dozen starlings showering in my fountain, a greenfinch sitting on a bush of yellow broom and a slug had left a silver trail on the stone path. I could hear traffic in the distance and children playing in a nearby garden, as well as the sound of a dove and baby sparrows in the hedge.
What is your world like on a day like today, away from the computer screen and the room it is in?
What is it like to be in China, or Tenessee, or Washington or Ontario? We share what it is like when we sit, our various ideas about Zen and shikantaza, but not our surroundings. Uchiyama tells us that
"Zazen is practising the Middle Way with our own bodies. This Middle Way is itself true life.
This can be seen in our daily lives as well."
Just a "thought"!