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, June 25, 2011


I copied the following from Wild Fox Zen by Joko Beck:

" ...everything in our life will continue to take place – the problems, the emotional difficulties, the pleasant days, the ups and downs, which are what human life consists of – but it is the ability not to get caught – to enjoy what is happening when it is “good”, to have equanimity when it is “bad” and to observe it all, which is the continuing work.  The mark of maturing practice is simply the ability, more and more and more, to notice what is going on and not be caught by it.  Easy to talk about, but probably 15 to 20 years of hard practice are needed before we are like that a good bit of the time."

 One of the benefits of zazen seems to be what I like to call this "witness" that is born out of regular practice.
This seems to be a tool to help us not get hooked, not get "caught", as she says.

It has the image of that place where no one else is sitting. A place where there is a stepping back in order to see more clearly.

It is noticing!

How about "The Noticing Witness"?

Just a thought.


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