As I walked back to the desk, I thought of something I'd read in a book by Kosho Uchiyama years ago, when I was just starting to practice zazen. He said, "If you can't hear the pots crying out in pain when you bang them together in the kitchen, your zazen is not deep enough." I didn't know what he meant at the time and imagined "pot beings" in agony in some non-human purgatory, but the phrase stuck in my mind, and when I slammed the door the other day and felt its pain, I understood what Uchiyama-roshi had meant. Fifteen years of zazen had opened my ears
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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Wonderful essay from the Nebraska Zen centre on Intimacy and Mindfulness by Nonin Chowaney.