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Friday, June 12, 2015

Tackling What's at Hand

When you’re wandering about you have no chance to express yourself, but when you limit your expression of the universal nature, then there we have the way to practice. This is our way. 

Why this photo? Keep reading.



So, when we practice zazen we limit our activity -- our practice in the smallest extent -- just to keep right posture and to be concentrated on sitting. This is how we express the universal nature, or true nature. Then, you yourself become Buddha, you yourself express Buddha nature, or true nature, or universal nature. So instead of having some object of worship we limit -- we concentrate our activity on some activity which we tackle.

Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 65-12-23 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC

This is a passage I think about a lot as worshiping what's at hand - worship to me meaning being aware of, awake to. Not the first time this has been posted. - dc