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Friday, April 07, 2006

You'll Never Become Anything Special



No matter how many years you sit doing zazen, you will never become anything special.

-BigHappyBuddha.com

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-Peace to all beings-

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4 comments:

Dharmasattva said...

That sounds like one of those cutsy Buddha-isms, but there's really something to it. The goal of zazen is to dismantle the walls that distinguish "I" from "others" and just >>be<< .

Peace.

dragonflyfilly said...

lol, thanks!!!!... now, at last i can get up and stretch my legs, wheh!

tinythinker said...

While I agree with the comment about 'just be', I think there is also an important distinction in the wording that might be useful to unpack a bit, particularly the idea that you will never 'become' something special (which is good because many people try to bring some kind of measuring stick to their formal practice). It does not say you aren't *already* something special. Transformation through realization is just acceptance. Through surrender (non-attachment/no-self) we permit such acceptance and, as was so aptly stated, we can truly 'just be'.

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: Wuuu!

"James" said...

Dharmasattva:

Just be. That's pretty much what it all boils down to. :)

Dragonfly:

Hehe..yep, stretch those legs!!!

Tiny:

You are exactly right. We don't have to "be" anything because we already "are."

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