Caodemarte wrote: ↑Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:26 pmThe work below is attributed to Ch’ang -lu Tsung-tse, a monk in the Chan (Zen) and Pure Land traditions in 11th century China. This “Zazen Manual” is used by Rinzai monks to this day, and is included in the classic Four Texts of the Zen School and the two-volume Poison-Painted Drum, the handbook for Rinzai monastic practice
Well that's pretty clear.
Or is it? What if you don't know how to go where no thoughts are?
"With body settled, regulate breath and relax abdomen. Do not give rise to any thoughts, good or bad. If a thought does arise, be aware of it. Once you’re aware of it, it disappears. Eventually conditions are forgotten, and all is naturally unified. This is the essence of zazen."
this is not the same as simply letting thoughts come and go , unattached.
"If you’ve already had a realization, it is like a dragon entering water or a tiger roaming mountains."
Hui-neng said as much. But he wasn't teaching Dragon-Tamers, he was teaching the Dragons themselves. Of what use is a tame Dragon? A Circus? A Museum?
Thnks for this Post, it's refreshing