Shodo Harada

‘Zen is not a scholarly study or some kind of special knowledge. It is only facing directly that source from which our life energy arises, clarifying completely that root of our very being alive. Only this one moment. To do this requires straightforward bravery – and only that. There is only one way in which it can be done. You must cut it all and throw it away, continually, doing that and only that. That is what it is about. If not that, what will you do when you die? Complaining will not work then. You have to make that determined effort now. You have to die whether you want to or not.’ (The Path to Bodhidharma)

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