If you find yourself dwelling on everything but
the huatou (inquiry: what is this that sees and hears?’), pause and take in what has happened: the huatou has been evicted by diversions and needless thoughts.
Recall the pointlessness and eventual utter boredom of dwelling too much on past and future, then return to nourishing the huatou in the present.
Time passes like an arrow, so do not let yourself be upset by worldly cares.
Before sitting down once or twice a day,
hands folded in the lap and eyes half closed,
people assume they can concentrate quite well.
With nothing to do but try to meditate, however,
they get a slow shock!
Churnings of thoughts and constant mental stirring becomes the most obvious fact. It dawns at last that this agitation underlies waking hours. Only then do people realize that ease and freedom is offered by an ancient meditation technique.
Toward the end of a meditation course at SongKwarng
Monastery, sharp students really begin to meditate!
Those who have never once joined a meditation course are very much the poorer.
It is a tremendous pity that thousands go through life so often overlooking their minds while absorbed in externals.
- Zen master Kusan Sunim