use darkness to go within



has been given as

a nightshirt to sleep in.

Remember how human beings

were composed from water and dust

for blood and flesh with oily resins heated

in fire to make a skeleton. Then the soul, the divine

light, was breathed into human shapes. The work now is

to help our bodies become pure light. It may look like

this is not happening. But in a cocoon every bit

of worm-dissolving slime becomes silk.

As we take in light, each part

of us turns to




made the night

a darkness, but we bring

shining dawnlight out of that.

In the same way the mound of your

grave will bloom with resurrection. Sufis

and those on the path of the heart use darkness

to go within. During the night vigil the universe

is theirs. With all the kings and sultans and

their learned counselors asleep, everyone

is unemployed, except those wakeful

few and the divine




release and transcend



detach from thoughts

and cut off sentiments and transcend

the ordinary conventions. Use your own inherent

power and take up its great capacity and great wisdom right

where you are. It is like letting go when you are hanging

from a mile-high cliff, releasing your body

and not relying on anything





turn your light inward




should therefore cease

from practice based on intellectual

understanding, pursuing words and following

after speech, and learn the backward step that turns

your light inwardly to illuminate your self. Body and mind

of themselves will drop away, and your original face

will be manifest. If you want to attain

suchness you should practice

suchness without





the way to buddha mind


There’s no end to study;

learning tao, the modest talent must

practice well. A clear, persevering mind is

the way to real empowerment,

to buddha-mind.


When there is no perceived 

difference between square and circle,

light and dark in our minds, we have attained

the profound truth of tao. Everything in

heart should be as one:




Loy Ching-Yuen


zazen perfects the human being


Scholar’s studies

can become an obstacle,

making the mind difficult to control.

The effect of zazen is to let your mind and

body really listen to you. Quiet sitting is good.

Zazen can reasonably be taken as far

as one chooses—one can advance

by the light discovered

within it.


There’s no deception

in it. It’s a natural need in a human

being’s life.It’s the call by the Universe

to a human being’s true nature.

Zazen perfects the

human being.


The mission of humans is

to cease producing the waves of thought that

have occurred up until now as a result of egotism.

When that is done, a human being is

born for the first time.


Katō Kōzan