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Zen is not some fancy, special art of living. Our teaching is just to live, always in reality, in its exact sense.

-- Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Preface - Steve Smith

Zen is life itself. “Put no head above your own,” declared Master Rinzai.

1- STRUGGLE

Whirlpools and Stagnant Waters

flowing forward, a river or stream may hit rocks, branches, or irregularities in the ground, causing whirlpools to spring up spontaneously here and there.
the water in the whirlpools is just the river itself.
We don’t want to see ourselves as simply a temporary formation, a whirlpool in the river of life. The fact is, we take form for a while; then when conditions are appropriate, we fade out. There’s nothing wrong with fading out; it’s a natural part of the process.
we want to think that this little whirlpool that we are isn’t part of the stream. We want to see ourselves as permanent and stable. Our whole energy goes into trying to protect our supposed separateness.
To protect the separateness, we set up artificial, fixed boundaries; as a consequence, we accumulate excess baggage. So things clog up our whirlpool and the process gets messy. The stream needs to flow naturally and freely. If our particular whirlpool is all bogged down, we also impair the energy of the stream itself. It can’t go anywhere. Neighboring whirlpools may get less water because of our frantic holding on. What we can best do for ourselves and for life is to keep the water in our whirlpool rushing and clear so that it is just flowing in and flowing out. When it gets all clogged up, we create troubles—mental, physical, spiritual.

The energy of life seeks rapid transformation. If we can see life this way and not cling to anything, life simply comes and goes.
The very judgment “I feel hurt” establishes a boundary.