SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fukanzazengi LXXXVI

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The classical pianist, Arthur Rubinstein, was once approached on a New York street near the grand concert hall, Carnegie Hall, and asked, "Pardon me sir, but how do I get to Carnegie Hall?"

Rubinstein replied, "Practice, practice, practice."

Therefore, we do not discuss intelligence as superior and stupidity as inferior. Let us not choose between clever persons and dull ones. If we make effort devotedly, that is just wholehearted pursuit of the truth. Practice-and-experience is naturally untainted. The direction of effort becomes more balanced and constant. [Nishijima]

This being the case, intelligence or lack of it is not an issue; make no distinction between the dull and the sharp-witted. If you concentrate your effort single-mindedly, that in itself is wholeheartedly engaging the way. Practice-realization is naturally undefiled. Going forward is, after all, an everyday affair. [SZTP]


'Komuso' Zen Monk (face hidden, in the traditional manner) playing a Shakuhachi
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