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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Gotsugotsu toishite zajo

Dogen Zenji says in his instruction: Gotsugotsu toishite zajo. Gotsugotsu toishite means “like a mountain,” you know, which one your body should be, like a one big mountain. And he said “think non-thinking.”  When you do this, you cannot think, you know. But your mind is pervading every part of your body. So that is “think non-thinking,” not usual thinking in terms of good or bad. But your mind is everything and is every part of your body. When you practice zazen in that way, figuratively speaking, you are manifesting the Buddha in each world, in every pore of your body.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-08-25 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC