Introductory Lectures on Zen Training

Yasutani Hakuun Roshi

Between a supremely perfected Buddha and us, who are ordinary, there is no difference as to substance. This “substance” can be likened to water… How can we fully illumine our life and personality with the moon of truth? We need first to purify this water, to calm the surging waves by halting the winds of discursive thought.

one must sit with a sense of dignity and grandeur, like a mountain or a giant pine, and with a feeling of gratitude toward the Buddha and the Patriarchs, who made manifest the Dharma. And we must be grateful for our human body, through which we have the opportunity to experience the reality of the Dharma in all its profundity.

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Published originally in The Three Pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau. Republished here with thanks to the Rochester Zen Center.