Daily Wisdom / Zen

Being Just This One

Book coverThe spirit of our practice is to practice without trying to acquire anything, because we already have everything we need. Without trying to be anything other than just this one, because just this one is a buddha from the beginning. We practice to express and realize and settle on the suchness of this one, so that it can manifest in whatever activity we undertake, so that our oneness with all beings becomes evident. Can we do it, can we make it happen? Just sit, and just be willing to be here as this one, and allow what arises to come out. Be willing to be just this one. Can we just sit zazen, not judging whether we’re doing it right or doing it wrong, just practice knowing the body?

From Seeds for a Boundless Life by Zenkei Blanche Hartman, pages 58–59

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