Monday, September 16, 2019


All of the teachers I know have emphasized that we practice for the sake of practice—just to express and actualize our intrinsic buddha-nature for the benefit of all beings. There is nothing we need to get that is not already here, right now, in this very body and mind as it is.

The Heart Sutra says there is “no attainment because there is nothing to attain.” Kodo Sawaki Roshi said, “Zazen is good for nothing. And until you get it through your thick skull that it’s good for nothing, it’s really good for nothing!”

To seek for something other than “just this” implies that something is missing, that we are not complete somehow.

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