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Prayer for a better WORLD ~

Occasionally Iโ€™m asked what my personal practice is. I try and resist answering โ€˜nothing muchโ€™. ๐Ÿ˜‰

ZAZEN – SITTING IN MEDITATION:

‘You won’t get anything out of it’

Once there were 500 monkeys in the service of 500 Buddhist saints. One day the monkeys decided to mimic everything the saints did, so they did zazen copying the saints with their eyes, noses, mouths and whole bodies.

They say that in this way a thousand saints practiced zazen and realized satori. This is why itโ€™s my wish to preserve โ€“ even if itโ€™s only through imitation โ€“ the seed of zazen.

When you practice Zen, it has to be here and now, it has to be about yourself. Donโ€™t let Zen become a rumor that has nothing to do with you.

Zazen is the buddha that we form out of our raw flesh.
Zazen means putting into practice that which cannot be thought.
Zazen is the dharma-switch that turns on the whole universe.

Simply doing something [shikan] means doing it now, on the spot. It means not wasting the little time you have in life.

When somebody asks me what zazen is good for, I say that zazen isnโ€™t good for anything at all. And then some say that in that case theyโ€™d rather stop doing zazen. But whatโ€™s running around satisfying your desires good for? What is gambling good for? And dancing? What is it good for to get worked up over winning or losing in baseball? Itโ€™s all good for absolutely nothing! Thatโ€™s why nothing is as sensible as sitting silently in zazen. In the world, โ€œgood for nothingโ€ just means that you canโ€™t make money out of it.

Often people ask me how many years they have to practice zazen before it shows results. Zazen has no results. You wonโ€™t get anything at all out of zazen.

  • Kodo Sawaki, To You
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By Wisdom Kindness

Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)