22 July 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
A teaching from Zen Master Jinen-San
El Branden : What is truth?
Jinen–San : What is truth? Truth is the truth without truth. That is the truth. When we just say or mention the truth it's the truth in concept. So, there is something of a separation between the true truth and the truth in concept. This you have to realize, at first.
El : So, how can we find the truth?
Jinen : Hmm, just face to whatever you face to. It shows your truth. It shows....everything. It shows you who you are, what the truth is, just like right now. So, you can learn what the truth is with the thing you face to. That’s enough. Otherwise you never meet... the truth without any concept. Everything is showing who you are, right now. That's enough.
El : So there's no separation?
Jinen : No separation at all. Although in concept, there is some separation between ourselves and circumstances or things. But in fact, there is no separation at all. That's your truth. So once you just become the thing itself, then you can realize who you are, completely.
El : Why is finding realization so difficult?
Jinen : So difficult? Because, all the time, concept — the way of thinking — bothers you. It's a kind of habit, we have to think everything with this way thinking. It bothers you. That's the thing, you don't know much about the things without concept or this way of thinking. We just try to find everything with concept, with this way of thinking. That makes a lot of trouble for you.
El : So, how can you break the habit of concept?
Jinen : Exactly as I told you. You just face to where the true is, without that way of thinking. You can throw...wash away your habit of thinking. Look at everything with the (right) way of thinking.
El : And meditation...or sitting is the key?
Jinen : That's the reason for meditation, but meditation, you might say...in the case you meditate, it's quite different from what we just said. Zazen meditation...in the case of meditation, when you say it, it's within concept. But Zazen is out of concept. That's quite different. That's where you have to do Zazen or meditation. Although meditation and Zazen are the same sitting, the way of doing is different. So, once you just realize it, the meditation without thinking will be alright: That is Zazen.
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