“Let go or be dragged.” ~ Zen Saying
Shifting ages into death
A drop of dew
At the leaf tip
My vast shell extends it’s tentacles into endless space
Knowing no bounds.
In Zen Buddhism, sitting meditation or zazen (Japanese: 座禅; literally “seated concentration”) is a meditative discipline practitioners perform to calm the body and the mind and experience insight into the nature of existence. While the term originally referred to a sitting practice, it is now commonly used to refer to practices in any posture, such as walking.
Chao Chou expressed three turning words to his community. (“A gold Buddha does not pass through a furnace; a wood Buddha does not pass through fire; a mud Buddha does not pass through water.”)
Yun Men, teaching the community, said, “The ancient Buddhas and the pillar merge-what level of mental activity is this?” He himself said on their behalf, “On South Mountain clouds gather, on North Mountain rain falls.”
Yun Men, teaching his community, said, “Medicine and disease subdue each other: the whole earth is medicine; what is your self?“
Yun Men showed his staff to the assembly and said, “The staff has changed into a dragon and swallowed the universe. Mountains, rivers, the great earth-where are they to be found?”
P’an Shan imparted the words which said, “There is nothing in the triple world; where can mind be found?”
Hsueh Feng, teaching his community, said, “Pick up the whole great earth in your fingers, and it’s as big as a grain of rice. Throw it down before you: if, like a lacquer bucket, you don’t understand, I’ll beat the drum to call everyone to look.”
Hõen of Tõzan said, “Even Shakya and Maitreya are servants of another. I want to ask you, who is he?”