Kosho Uchiyama

‘We would all prefer happiness to misery, paradise to hell, survival to immediate death.  We are thus ever bifurcating Reality, dividing it into something good and something bad, something we like and something we don’t.  Similarly, we discriminate between satori and delusion, and strive to attain satori.

But the reality of the universe is far beyond such an attitude of aversion and attachment.  When our attitude is ‘whichever, whatever, whenever’, then we manifest the whole universe.’ (On Zazen)

Of course, that ‘whatever’ has a slightly different quality to the ‘whatever’ we can easily parody as arms being thrown up in the air in resignation and indifference.

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