Tuesday, 4 July 2017


127. Many of us might be puzzled by Dogen's talk of non-thinking, especially as we find that 'thought after thought' continues to 'arise in the heart-mind'. However, as we enter deeper into our practice of zazen we will begin to sense that 'thought after thought is not separate from heart-mind'. In other words, as we settle into the 'just sitting' of shikantaza we come to accept ourselves just as we are with our thought filled minds, our many desires, fears, aversions, hopes and joys. 'Just sitting' opens us up to a  knowledge and acceptance of who and what and where we are.

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