Shodo Harada

‘That purified state of mind is not an imagined creation but at one with each and every moment’s actualization – this is our clear mind, this mind moment functioning. But in this infinitely transforming flow, if there is even one mind moment that associates with a second mind moment, and then adds a third association to that, we become full of ideas and concerns and can’t even sit still.’ (Not One Single Thing)

I believe that this ‘mind moment’ is a translation of the concept of nen, something that was often referred to at Zen Center, but which I struggled to understand in my early years. Mind moments naturally arise, but the chaining together is what takes us away from presence in the moment.

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