Monday, 13 February 2017


86. Kanseon is the Bodhisattva of Compassion. She is the one who listens to the cries of the world. As such, she can serve as the inspiration for a good zazen practice, namely, to just sit and listen, to just sit and listen without any running commentary. Against a background of breath awareness and body awareness just sit and attend to the sounds that happen about you. Some of these sounds will be obvious and will simply break in upon you. Others will be more subtle and will barely register even when you are paying the most careful attention. Now this practice of listening will change imperceptibly into a form of body awareness, an awareness of body that is inclusive of the body's environment. And so it is that as a zazen practitioner you become one with Kanseon, attentive to sounds that include the cries of the world, the cries of the earth, the earth under stress. Sitting zazen you sit for the well being, even the salvation, of this stressed out earth, now realized as your very own body.

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