SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fukanzazengi LVII

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There are many famous Zen sayings about mountains ... such as this by the Tang Dynasty teacher, Ch'ing-yüan Wei-hsin (J. Seigen Ishin):


Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters

He went on to ask, "Do you think these three understandings are the same or different?"

Sitting in balance in the mountain-still state, "Think the concrete state of not thinking." "How can the state of not thinking be thought?" "It is different from thinking." This is the secret of sitting-Zen. [NISHIJIMA]


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