Mind is like a pond

I participated in Rinzai’s online zazen-kai with my son, which priest Yokoyama led from Tokoji in Shizuoka, Japan.

His story resonated with us, so I shared it during our zazen-kai at Hakone Gardens.

He told us a famous story.

One day, a young man asked a monk, ” I can’t sleep well as I am worried and anxious. Would you please help to get rid of them? “

Monk replied. ” Sure, let me help you. Can you bring it out and show me “anxiety” and “doubt”?

Young man, “I can’t. How can I show you?”

Monk, ” Right, those things don’t exist. You are creating them in your mind.”

Mind is like a pond. If you stir, water becomes muddy. However, when the water is quiet and still, you can see things clearly.

Zazen helps to keep our mind quiet and still.

Why do we come to zendo?

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Kugyo san’s talk from zazen on 4/23.

 

What is good?

What is harmful?

Determination of the answer

Is not always easy or clear.

We do the best we can

Learning, forgiving, accepting, and

Moving on to our next conundrum.

Believing that in the whole view

Of what is unseen and unknown

We have done the best we could.