Lesson: The zen of zazen has two Chinese characters. One means to show or to reveal and the other means one or single. From these meanings, we see that the essence of the word zen is to reveal yourself as the oneness of life. You show yourself as the unity of everything. You yourself are the wholeness of life. You are the mandala, the infinite circle. In zazen, you are not gaining something that you are lacking, nor are you losing anything in order to become whole. Rather, the reality of the wholeness of life is affirming itself as you.
Practice for today: Reflect upon the phrases “the wholeness of life” or “the unity of life.” What do you believe you need to gain in order to become whole? What do you believe you need to lose in order to know wholeness? What about starting as wholeness itself?
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Life wholesomeness has always been there for me. I’ve always remembered it and known it was there. The impression the world left on me as a young child was always wholesome, the forest, the mountains, the oceans, music, pictures, EVERYTHING! It’s our natural state I feel. Then I got conditioned, educated, varnished, framed and the essence was diluted or the beautiful natural wood was painted. This practice has consisted of sanding the layers to get the grain back! It’s like going home.