Shikantaza, our zazen, is just to be ourselves. When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time. This practice continues forever. We say, “each moment”, but in your actual practice a “moment” is too long because in that “moment” your mind is already involved in following the next breath. So we say, even in a snap of your fingers there are millions of instants of time. This way we can emphasize the feeling of existing in each instant of time.
from the book Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen
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Further quotes from the book Not Always So:
- Right there is enlightenment
- Wherever you are, enlightenment is there
- That is why we practice zazen
- Our scales
- Going beyond the realm of good and bad