Let me just add to this topic of "not adding a thing
In its wider meaning, --all--
activity (or inactivity) in life is Zazen ... and this is sitting, reclining, walking, running, mountain hiking, doing homework or housework, changing diapers, scratching one's nose or buying new tires.
Nonetheless, we also must spend time "on the Zafu
" each day. Although all is "Zazen", only Zazen is Zazen
In fact, we sit because
we may resist sitting, because it is pointless, there is nothing to achieve, it is frequently boring. We sit whether we feel "sublime peace and wholeness" or "outer tumult and inner division".
Well, all of this "self-world-life
" is inherently, says the Buddha, experienced as disappointing, resisted with friction, thought of as divided and tumultuous, restless, boring (or overly stimulated), unpleasant, painful, going round in circles
Thus we sit (without getting "attaining" about it) because "on the cushion
" is the "flight simulator" for this whole (often bumpy) voyage to no where to get, no place not now, always arriving as we move on
. It is practice in flipping that switch that was flipped in the park by the mind.
It is the "cooking school" for learning to put the egg back in the once shattered shell
, realizing that taste that was right on the tip of the tongue, yet there all along. 8) ... So the "sitting" part of sitting should not be neglected.
The most self-world-life shattering
, as well as the simplest
, of fruits of this Practice will all be found in that kitchen! The great voyage is revealed, this self-world-life
encountered, seen right through then reconstructed with a Buddha's eyes.
We've had several good threads ... some recent ... on sitting when one does not feel like sitting ...
And the Zafu is calling ...