SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fukanzazengi LXXXIX

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'Homeless' Kodo said ...

Zazen has no results ... there’s nothing to gain ...

But one thing we certainly gain is balance ... balance in body and mind ... balance as we go forward in everyday life

It is not unlike an acrobat or tightrope walker, as we maintain a stable inner balance amid the changing circumstances of life ... always finding our center ... never falling to extremes ... knowing a firm foundation

As with the acrobat, it is a balance learned by body and mind through constant Practice

Each and every step is our Practice, is our Life

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]


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