Corey Ichigen Hess

‘One great thing absorbed from Zen training in the monastery is the ability to transparently become what is happening right now. Not the idea of what is happening. But to meet what is happening and merge with it. In this merging with what is happening, it is as if our body in space dissolves into what is happening.

At first, melding is just like putting our whole bodies into sweeping when sweeping, or when chopping vegetables, to only be chopping vegetables. Later, when doing just what we are doing completely becomes second nature, it becomes possible to enter into what we are doing in a more unified way, deeper and deeper. So when we are walking, we are going forward and nothing else. Or when listening to someone speak, we are truly meeting and hearing the meaning very deeply.’ (from Zen Embodiment)

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