Shodo Harada

‘”Nonthought” doesn’t mean turning our backs on the world and greedily seeking our own quiet, thought-free space. To be empty of extraneous thinking means to see, hear, smell, and taste what is present, but not to think further about it. When we see things without getting caught on them, our essence can flow freely. We feel a parental responsibility for everything that exists, without being pulled around by our attachments. We must live this, not just know it conceptually.’ (Not One Single Thing)

I was asked recently about Dogen’s famous (and borrowed) phrase, ‘Think of not thinking.’ Once I thought I had a good answer to it, but I forgot it. This seems as good as anything.

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