The Lesson in Zen

Do we ever learn our lesson?
I don't think so...
The lesson is life.
The lesson is ongoing.
Life is not something be be learned.
Life is learning. Life is to be lived.
In Zen... Or not in Zen...
For Zen is, and non-Zen is...
The lesson is living-learning... Forever?

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Judgment: Is that So?

I need to be aware of how I allow the external world to influence my mind and consciousness.  I am seeing how I am facing the challenge of the way society through the media, continues to indoctrinate my mind. Just being aware of that is all that is necessary, as there is no need to go off at a tangent trying to discover some secret antidote, because awareness is the antidote.  That is pure awareness without judgment or making comparison.

It is not that society it doing this deliberately, because all people are in the same boat here with the exception of enlightened Zen masters who have transcended worldly affairs and  no longer make judgments and comparisons. I need to stop judging society too.

I am reminded of the story of a Zen master who was wrongly accused of making a local girl pregnant. When her parents accused him he just responded, "Is that so?". The parents of the young girl brought the child to him when it was born and he cared for the child for many years until the child’s mother had a pang of conscience and admitted to her parents that she had lied about the Zen master being the father. The parents then went to the Zen master and told them their story. They apologized and as they walked away with the child, the Zen master again responded, "Is that so?"

Zen for 1000 Years?

It has been said by many a Zen master that a Zen practitioner needs to be willing to practice zazen for 1000 in search of enlightenment.

Being mindful of all my activity during the day, is the extension of my Zen into daily activity, yet there is a lot of past conditioning to bring up into my awareness. It is in the last 10 years or so that I have recognized the wisdom of the "1000 years" of zazen statement. And now that my Zen practice has reached the 30-year mark it continues. It is the journey, not the destination, so I really need to learn to stop counting the years. That time is an illusion!

Lies and Truths in Zen

Sometimes in zazen, I am looking at the burden I carry from the past.  But this burden is a lie, because the past cannot exist! So it is pointless in seeking truth. Is this not the ego's way of preoccupying me with pretences that there is some great truth to discover!?

The lie cannot exist, because only truth exists. In Zen the truth is whatever is so right now. Trees are trees, grass is grass, earth is earth.

So in Zen, it is not a case of pursuing or seeking truth as this will just create more confusion. What is the point of seeking something that already is!

In Zen, it is really to be OK to be OK to be whatever way I am.  I don't see the trees, the grass and the earth seeking anything.

In Zen, it is a case of looking deep into the lies as seeing the lies, will evaporate them and expose the truth.

The Known and the Unkowable

The known feels comfortable because it is past and predictable. The unknowable is what is to come - what is here and now is always what is to come because it is timeless. It is pure Zen to be here now constantly connecting with truth that can liberate with bliss, or paralyze with fear. Both bliss and fear are in the relative domain of the dualistic mind. True Mind transcends the relative.

Purely Nothing

Let go and relax into nothing-ness.

I need to drop knowledge of who I am, what my name is, what my position is.

These are things that have been imposed on each one of us by society. Meant to be for convenience, my individual identity has taken on far too much importance. I need to recognize that I am empty, without meaning. Purely nothing.