Thursday, 15 September 2016

David Dae An Rynick

                David Dae An Rynick is married to Melissa Blacker and is a co-teacher at the Boundless Way Zen Temple. He told me about the first Zen teacher he worked with and how he began practice. “I knew he knew this experience of non-duality, that he had been there. And he said, ‘This is a place human beings can go.’ And it was so vivid. I had never met anybody who talked like that. And he said, ‘There’s a way to move toward that, and it’s to sit still.’ And the Zen idea that it’s already here—that there’s not some other place we’re trying to go or some other place we’re trying to be—made it clear to me that this was the path. But I hated sitting still! It was like, you know, some people talk about, ‘Oh, the first time, it was so wonderful!’ I was like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna die!’ My mind was going crazy! But I knew it was the path, and so I started sitting two minutes a day, because that’s all I could tolerate. I figured if I tried half an hour a day, I wouldn’t last a week. So, I said, ‘I’m going to do this.’ Two minutes a day. I’d set my little timer, and I’d be just about jumping out of my skin.”

[David Dae An Rynick - Cypress Trees in the Garden: 200-01, 207-08, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 215-222, 228, 418]

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