Book Bits, The Masters

The Stability of One Whole Life


We don’t practice zazen in order to get enlightened; we practice zazen being pulled every which way by enlightenment.

The life in which you are glared at by zazen, scolded by zazen, obstructed by zazen, and get along with tears in your eyes is the happiest life, isn’t it?

– Kôdô Sawaki (1880-1965)
From ‘The Zen Teaching of “Homeless” Kôdô’