Letting the Ocean be the Ocean

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(BENDOWA XXII)

In other words ...

 The grand chain reaction of Inter-being Inter-dependency Inter-support that is this world manifests ... --not-- by our thinking about it, nor by our analyzing it, nor by our having some small views or perspective about it all, nor by our doing some activity or practice in order to bring it about ...

nor does it arise by our forcing ourself to stop all thinking and feeling and activity ...

... but instead is best tasted when we abandon all that ... and abide in the quietness and stillness of non-thinking and non-action ...

whereby all depends not on anything we need think or do or feel or achieve.

For this reason, Zazen in not a means to attain enlightenment, but is enlightenment already in hand.

In other words ...

Realization is not dependent on anything we think or do ... nor on our stopping to think and do ... but instead on radically dropping all need to either think or not think, do or not do ... thus achieving the transcending of all goals to achieve right here-and-now, in a moment of Zazen.
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[The state] is not dimmed by the views of these individuals themselves, however, because the state in the quietness, without intentional activity, is [enlightenment itself]. If we divide practice-and-[enlightenment] into two stages, as in the thoughts of common folk, each part can be perceived and understood separately. [But] if perception and understanding are mixed in, that is not the standard state of [enlightenment], because the standard state of [enlightenment] is beyond deluded emotion. Although, in the quietness, mind and external world enter together into the state of experience and pass together out of the state of realization, [those movements] are the state of receiving and using the self. Therefore, [movements of mind and the external world] neither stir a single molecule nor disturb a single form, but they accomplish the vast and great work of Buddha and the profound and fine influence of Buddha.


From: Bendowa - A Talk about Pursuing the Truth  - Nishijima-Cross [with some amendments according to Uchiyama]





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