Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Zazen

When it comes to the holidays and my Zazen, I let unfold that which unfolds and pay attention (most of the time). The house is now full of children and grandchildren (one outside the womb and the other in the womb). My zazen posture is completely different during this time.

True zazen is when we actualize our practice in all that we do. We hopefully come to the place where we can actualize the fundamental point in all that we do. This is what I think, anyway. I am still very new at this practice. I am not saying that sitting is not important. I am saying that if we put sitting in the right perspective we don't have to fight against the current of what is happening in our lives when we can't do proper zazen.

So what does that posture look like during the holidays:
Cooking a meal with attention
Changing a diaper with attention
Emptying the garbage every hour with attention
Holding this new precious life with attention

Well, you get the picture.

Ted Biringer, over at Flatbed Sutra says:

 From Bodhidharma, the traditional first Zen ancestor in China, to Thich Nhat Hanh, the contemporary Vietnamese Zen master and author, all the authentic masters agree, seeing true nature is the goal of Zen.

Is not paying attention to this one thing we are doing the path to seeeing the true nature? Is this not Zazen?

Well, I need to go practice, the baby is crying!


1 comment:

Tim Koppenhaver said...

You said: "True zazen is when we actualize our practice in all that we do."

This is so true, and true of any doctrine - buddhism, christianity, tao,etc. Whatever guides you should be pervasive in your life, not a segmented practice. ...even when changing diapers...

Take care.