Unifying body and mind
If we are not careful, we can transform the practice of zazen into a purely corporal, purely sports practice or, on the other hand, into a psychological practice in which we study the mind, we study the forms of the mind, we analyse. Zazen is neither a purely physical practice, nor a purely spiritual practice. Master Dôgen says: “It is about unifying body and mind.”
If we practise without intention, without being blinded by the idea of profit, we can calmly see all sorts of things appear and disappear before our eyes. At every moment we can see thoughts that have a connection with our karma, with our ignorance, greed or aversion. If we do not move, we see them all, clearly, none of them escapes us. This is called practising awakening: seeing with our eyes of deep wisdom all aspects of reality, both external and internal. This is the practice of zazen.
Practising zazen means to taste pure existence, pure of any commentary, of any greed, of any aversion. It requires being awaken, refining one’s sensitivity, to cleanse one’s mind of all greed, of all aversion…
The practice of zazen allows us to become fully alive again, without relying on our personal power or knowledge. This cannot be learned at university. It is only a question, precisely, of abandoning the crutches of power, the crutches of knowledge, of letting go. Just giving up, just giving wholeheartedly.
The practice of Awakening
When we practise zazen, we practise Buddha, the awakened state, open, present to the world. This presence is effective when the five doors of the senses are totally open, when they are not parasitised by personal noise or by sleep; when we listen with an open ears, empty of any judgment; when we see with eyes washed of any thought. It is very simple. The five doors of the senses can receive all information and put us in direct contact with the universe.