Meditation Los Angeles

I’ve been reading, nay, browsing, through Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. It’s such a delightful book. Lots of gems on what I’d call the “non-dual stuff.” For instance, this, on the challenge of sitting:

….If you want to obtain perfect calmness in your zazen, you should not be bothered by the various images you find in your mind. Let them come, and let them go. Then they will be under control. But this policy is not so easy. It sounds easy, but it requires some special effort. How to make this kind of effort is the secret of practice. Suppose you are sitting under some extraordinary circumstances. If you try to calm your mind you will be unable to sit, and if you try not to be disturbed your effort will not be the right effort. The only effort that will help you is to count your breathing, or to concentrate…

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