Stop searching for phrases and chasing after words.
Take the backward step and turn the light inward.
Your body-mind of itself will drop
off and your original face will appear.
If you want to attain just this,
immediately practice just this.
- Dogen (1200-1253)
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.
So I continue my journey with "MU", with "God", with "I am", with "Truth", with "Life", with "The Way".
But now It doesn't so much look like a journey as just "NOW". Putting it like James Finely might put it, I would call it "the immediacy of the present moment".
Here is a long quote from Finley's book Christian Meditation:
Someone out in the desert writing the word water over and over in the sand is really onto a great idea. But when we are really thirsty, all ideas of water prove to be wholly inadequate, leaving us as thirsty as ever. In fact, thinking of water makes us even thirstier. It is even more so with God. Our own thirst for God might be awakened in reading the verse in the Psalms “As the deer longs for running streams, so my soul thirsts for you, my God” (Ps. 42:1). We might know that it is the Spirit of God within us that has awakened this thirst. But the verse and the insights surrounding it do not
Finley, James (2009-10-13). Christian Meditation (Kindle Locations 2870-2875). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
quench this thirst but only cause it to grow stronger. The more this thirst for God grows, the more apparent it becomes that not even the most true and revealed thought about God is God. The stronger the desire for God grows, the more we realize that every idea of God, in being finite, is infinitely less than God, who is infinite. Therefore, to the extent that we cling to any idea of God, clinging to that idea of God will be an obstacle to God. Thinking about God increases our thirst for God but does not quench that thirst. We come to realize that the only way to know God is to pass beyond the frontiers of thought by way of a loving awareness that realizes what the head cannot comprehend. And so we sit in meditation, gently and persistently freeing ourselves from our customary reliance on thinking and all that thinking can attain. We do not do this by banishing or annihilating thought, but rather by learning to establish ourselves in a nonthinking stance of being present, open, and awake to each thought that enters our mind as we meditate.
Finley, James (2009-10-13). Christian Meditation (Kindle Locations 2875-2882). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Take this quote and substitute the word "mu" for the word "water" mentioned in the first sentence and "mu" for "God" mentioned in the rest of the piece.
I am trying to "...pass beyond the frontiers of thought by way of a loving awareness that realizes what the head cannot comprehend"
"It's not something that you necessarily think about and it's not something that you believe in. Essentially, it's not even philosophical or religious. Zen's something you do, an actual way to live"
Lin Jensen from Sweeping Zen Interview
I spent a few days this past week sitting Zazen and receiving the Eucharist before the icon you see there in the picture.
I made an attempt to sit for longer periods of time.
How successful was I?
Who is picking and choosing?
I spent a few days sitting Zazen and receiving the Eucharist before the icon you see there in the picture.
Was it a meaningful time?
We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot -- "Little Gidding" (the last of his Four Quartets)