Saturday, 22 July 2017


141. Whether our mind is agitated and disturbed by the serious issues of life, or by trivial things of no consequence, the Zen strategy is the same. Develop and practise the one-pointed concentration of samadhi that enables us to recollect, to re-collect, ourselves and come to mindfulness. And this means that we must learn how to contain and hold within ourselves the various tensions and polarities (whether these be great and meaningful or trivial and everyday) that plague our zazen practice. Again we come back to our basic practice, the practice of breath awareness, body awareness. In the words of AMA Samy: 'Mindfulness of breath and body is the ambience, the field, the matrix of our recollection and samadhi'.

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