Friday, 15 April 2016

Keizan Jokin



                Keizan Jokin wrote the Zazen Yojinki, which continues to be used as a basic introduction to meditation in the Soto tradition. In it, he describes zazen in this way: “Zazen clears the mind immediately and lets one dwell in one’s true realm. This is called showing one’s original face or revealing the light of one’s original state. Body and mind are cast off, apart from whether one is sitting or lying down. Therefore one thinks neither of good nor of evil—transcending both the sacred and the profane, rising above delusion and enlightenment—and leaves the realm of sentient beings and Buddhas.”

[Keizan Jokin – Zen Masters of Japan: 102-07]

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