Being the open bright boundless between the words, thoughts, good and bad things of life.
Being the open bright boundless that shines through, that enlightens & enlivens the words, thoughts, good and bad things of life.
Once, when the Great Master Hongdao of Yueshan was sitting in Zazen, a monk asked him, "What are you thinking of, sitting there so tall and straight? The master answered, "I'm thinking of not thinking." The monk asked, "How do you think of not thinking?" The Master answered, "Nonthinking."
Master Dogen said (Zazengi) ...
Sitting in balance and stillness like mountain, think of "not-thinking." How can the state of not thinking be thought? Be "Non-Thinking."
This is the essence of zazen. Zazen is not meditation. It is the Dharma Gate of great ease and joy. It is stainless, undivided practice-realization.
Today's Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended.