Saturday, November 25, 2017 – “Don’t Quiet The Mind” – By Sokuzan


Don’t quiet the mind. Trying to control what’s happening in the mind by way of techniques like following the breath, reciting mantras and labeling thinking is a subtle form of spiritual materialism. When you do formal sitting meditation, don’t interfere with the very dynamic of thoughts and memories that you really need to witness. Train your mind to be with all things. This is the practice of shikantaza, the teaching of Zen.

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