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

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Just Sit Down And Shut Up!



Over the holidays I had a wonderful conversation with my Son and Daughter-in-law about the spiritual life (which is life).

We see things differently in many ways when it comes to this life  but in many ways we see things the same.

We had about a two hour discussion and continued that discussion via email when they returned home.

As can be my habit, I eventually said something that was misinterpreted by them and they felt offended and I had to apologize and explain.

I was forgiven.

But here's the point of this little story.
I was reminded again why I am so attracted to Zen Buddhism.

I know there are disagreements and heated discussions out there regarding Zen but I'm too ignorant to be about those discussions and that is freeing.

The profound simplicity of this beautiful way!

As my teacher recently told me through a story,

Just go sit!

Bows to my teacher.

And bows to my son and daughter-in-law for reminding me about this beautiful practice and way.


THE KOAN OF JUST SITTING 

Eihei Dogen said, “Zazen is not a meditation technique. It is simply the Dharma gate of joyful ease; it is practicing the realization of the boundless Dharma way. Here, the open mystery manifests, and there are no more traps and snares for you to get caught in.”

Magid, Barry (2013-09-16). Nothing Is Hidden: The Psychology of Zen Koans (p. 153). Wisdom Publications. Kindle Edition.