The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

There’s no need to become a buddha! Now is simply now.

You want to become a buddha? There’s no need to become a buddha! Now is simply now. You are simply you. And tell me, since you want to leave the place where you are, where is it exactly you want to go?

We don’t practice in order to get satori. It’s satori that pulls our practice. We practice, being dragged all over by satori.
You don’t seek the way. The way seeks you.

You study, you do sports, and you’re fixated on satori and illusion. So that even zazen becomes a marathon for you, with satori as the finish line. Yet because you’re trying to grab it, you’re missing it completely. Only when you stop meddling like this does your original, cosmic nature realizes itself.

You say you’re seeking the way, but what does it mean if you’re seeking the way just to satisfy yourself?

Zazen means just sitting without even thinking of becoming buddha.

We don’t achieve satori through practice: practice is satori. Each and every step is the goal.

– Kodo Sawaki, To You

Zen Master Kusan Sunim

2 responses

  1. I’m not me. I’m more than me.

    July 9, 2020 at 11:52 am

  2. I don’t want to go anywhere…because I’ll still be there.

    July 9, 2020 at 11:52 am

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