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(Can't) Stop The Thoughts - Part 1

(CAN’T) STOP THE THOUGHTS – Part 1

While sitting zazen,

Quiet body.

Quiet mind.

At least

That’s what I was hoping for.

Not that morning.

Quiet body,

But the mind – Ah,

Thoughts still come.

We’re human,

Thoughts don’t stop

Till we die.

That’s what I tell students.

I also tell them:

When you sit,

Let thoughts come –

Then cut them

With all your might.

Slash them

With your sword.

Do not hang on to them.

They’re in the past.

One morning while sitting,

These thoughts came:

Why am I here?

What is the meaning of life?

Questions people often ask

About their own lives,

Especially when facing a crisis or

Something serious.

How to answer

Such sobering questions?

Our minds raise the question.

And, we seek answers

Through senses and intellect.

But that’s not

Where true answers will be found.

Senses and Intellect

Provide conditional answers.

Senses and intellect

Provide incomplete answers.

Answers are not outside.

Answers are inside.

Not through senses.

Not through intellect.

Not through

The little “m” mind.

Answers are

Found in

The big “M” Mind.

To find the Mind,

Sit.

Quiet body.

Quiet mind.

Sit.

Let thoughts come.

Then cut the thoughts.

Sit.


(CAN’T) STOP THE THOUGHTS – PART 2

A trick of the mind.

Little “m”-mind asks

Why am I here?

What is the meaning of life?

But little “m” mind’s answer

Is not good enough:

It asks the question

And answers the question.

Zen Mind says:

Go deeper.

Go deeper.

Ask instead –

Why are you asking?

Ask instead --

Who’s asking?

Zen Mind

Demands

The answer

Comes from

Within.

Go deeper.

Go deeper.

So sit.

Just sit.

- Diane Wong Roshi


-Diane Wong Roshi