we’re not so concerned about deep understanding

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If you

are trying to attain

enlightenment, you are creating

and being driven by karma, and you are

wasting your time on your black cushion.

The most important things in our practice are

our physical posture and our way of breathing.

We are not so concerned about a deep understanding

of Buddhism. As a philosophy, Buddhism is a very deep,

wide, and firm system of thought, but zen is not concerned

about philosophical understanding. We emphasize practice.

We should understand why our physical posture and

breathing exercise are so important. Instead of

having a deep understanding of the teaching,

we need a strong confidence in our

teaching, which says that

originally we have

Buddha nature.

Our practice is

based on this

faith.

 

Shunryu Suzuki

 

Hexagram 55: FÊNG /

ABUNDANCE

 

In

the search 

for enlightenment, 

there is an ever-present 

certainty that there is more to do, 

someone else who holds the 

secret, another state to 

attain.

 

In the 

finding of it, 

there is the comical

revelation that not one

of those things was 

ever true.

 

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Hexagram 9: HSIAO CH’U /

THE TAMING POWER OF THE SMALL

 

The

best effort 

one can make is the 

gentlest effort: wei wu wei. 

Quietly, persistently direct the 

mind toward emptiness. When 

all thoughts and ideas have 

dissipated, then make no 

further effort. Just 

breathe. 

 

This

is the only

practice required of a 

human, the best one, the one 

that perfectly purifies

our lives.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching

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make a oneness of the world

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Once 

you’ve begun 

to understand the Way, 

concentrate upon it without 

pause. This is the sunlight 

that matures the fruit 

of your realization. 

 

Maintaining 

your insight through 

whatever comes, you make 

a Oneness of the world, and

conditions such as “good”

and “bad” drop 

away.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 40

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Thus 

the superior warrior 

lures and deceives, falls back 

and then surges, drawing the opponent 

this way and that into the path of his strikes.  

His emphasis is not on the effect of 

one movement, but rather

the weight of his

combinations.

 

He 

uses his soldiers 

like a multitude of arrows and stones, 

sometimes keeping them still, sometimes releasing 

them in a terrible storm, like boulders

hurtling down a steep mountain.  

This is the way to 

shape energy 

in war.

 

from The Art of War, Chapter V

 

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listen with your primal spirit

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Center

your attention. Stop

listening with your ears and listen with

your mind. Then stop listening with your mind and

listen with your primal spirit. Hearing is limited to the

ear. Mind is limited to tallying things up. But

the primal spirit is empty: it’s simply

that which awaits

things.