Monday, November 10, 2008

what is zen

Zen practice is about awakening to this very moment. There is no other function of Zen or Chan or Son Practice. We can learn liturgy. We can know how to chant well. We can eat a formal meal perfectly, yet none of this is the Zen that Sakyamuni Buddha taught. Zen is waking up to the present. Just this, just now, only this moment.

How can we express this in the scriptures? Just breathe, just know that we are alive.

4 comments:

Barry said...

Paul, How can we know that we are alive?

Barry

dochong, jdpsn said...

breath enters the body,
breath exits the body......

Uku said...

And then we can forget the whole breathing. To just be.

dochong, jdpsn said...

breathing, breathes itself.