What is Zen?
very simple... What are you?
In this whole world everyone searches for happiness
outside, but nobody understands their true self inside.
Everybody says, "I"
-- "I want this, I am like that..." But nobody understands this "I."
Before you were born, where did your I come from? When you die, where will your
I go? If you sincerely ask, "what am I?" sooner or later you will run
into a wall where all thinking is cut off. We call this "don't know."
Zen is keeping this "don't know" mind always and everywhere.
walking, standing, sitting,
lying down, speaking, being
At all times, in all places, without
interruption -- what is
One mind is infinite kalpas.
Meditation in Zen means keeping don't-know
mind when bowing, chanting and sitting Zen. This is formal Zen practice. And when
doing something, just do it. When driving, just drive; when eating, just eat;
when working, just work.
Finally, your don't-know mind will become clear.
Then you can see the sky, only blue. You can see the tree, only green. Your mind
is like a clear mirror. Red comes, the mirror is red; white comes the mirror is
white. A hungry person comes, you can give him food; a thirsty person comes, you
can give her something to drink. There is no desire for myself, only for all beings.
That mind is already enlightenment, what we call Great Love, Great Compassion,
the Great Bodhisattva Way. It's very simple, not difficult!
So Buddha said
that all beings have Buddha-nature (enlightenment nature). But Zen Master Joju
said that a dog has no Buddha-nature. Which one is right? Which one is wrong?
If you find that, you find the true way.