Body and Soul

Body and Soul

If only, if only …….. dead.
The way of Zen is genuine and whole hearted.
Do not pretend to know what you don’t.
Do not pretend to be who you are not.
Be yourself.
Be one with yourself.
Make your life, your practice, real.
Now step forth with your whole body and soul.
To pursue the way you must abandon self deception and fear.
If only, if only …….. dead.
A famous hockey player said, “You miss one hundred per cent of the shots you don’t take.

The Score

The Score

“Well,” he said with equanimity, “you see, in my opinion there is no point at all in talking about music. I never talk about music. What reply, then, was I to make to your very able and just remarks? You were perfectly right in all you said. But, you see, I am a musician, not a professor, and I don’t believe that, as regards music, there is the least point in being right. Music does not depend on being right, on having good taste and education and all that.”
“Indeed. Then what does it depend on?”
“On making music, Herr Haller, on making music as well and as much as possible and with all the intensity of which one is capable. That is the point, Monsieur.
Herman Hesse “Steppenwolf”

And Zen practice is just the same.
It is not about knowing anything or going anywhere.
It is about forgetting the self and being the music we will never know called life.
And life is always right here.
Right here is the beginning and end of the song.
It is the place where life can be “played” with all the intensity of which one is capable.