Monday, May 20, 2013

Practice For 10,000 Years

Wake up! Delusion is everywhere. Delusions are endless. Yet we only have one lifetime to cut through them all. Sounds impossible, how do we do it?

Practice. As Zen Master Seung Sahn used to say Practice for ten thousand years non-stop. There are many clues how to practice in this blog, on the web, in countless books, in my book.

The point is just do it!

Lots of reasons why we don't need to practice are sure to come up. No attainment with nothing to attain - so why even try? I'm gonna die anyway, so whats the big deal? Zen doesn't have any concept of salvation so what is to gain?

Zen is about returning to this very moment. As Zen Master Wonji likes to say: "If Zen isn't helping you in your daily life - what good is it?" Your daily life is here, now. This moment.

When a famous Zen Master was asked Why did Bodhidharma come from the west. He replied the Cypress tree in the garden. Live words. Words that are only valuable there and then. If you ask me that question and I give the same answer - does that make sense?

So I ask you "Why did Bodhidharama come from the west?" Cut off all thoughts. Look around. Do not name anything you see. Do not discriminate between dark and light, good and bad, alive and dead. Give me an answer!

Continue to answer that question. Every moment of every day. Practice only that for 10,000 years. It is 91 degrees and sunny today.