Uchiyama Roshi

‘Expressions like “letting go of thought” or “dropping off body and mind” become mere concepts or words in literature if the audience has not yet awakened to the way-seeking mind. I read a treatise by a scholar who tried to research the meaning of “dropping off body and mind” by referring to much literature. If you want to refer to literature about “dropping off body and mind”, Dogen Zenji’s “dropping off body and mind is zazen” is good enough. Then you can understand that it is nonsense to discuss “dropping off body and mind” without practicing zazen. “Dropping off body and mind,” “shikantaza,” and “letting go of thought” cannot be understood without actually letting go of thought in the practice of zazen right now, right here.’ (Commentary on the Bendowa)

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