Zen is waking up to your true nature. It is about seeing things as they actually are.
Zen really cannot be explained it must be lived. It must be experienced. You must taste the chocolate.
I’ve always liked the story of Bodhidharma and when he arrived in China. People had been waiting for the great master to arrive and when he did a great assembly had gathered to hear him speak. The master went to the front of the crowd and a great hush came over them. Then he sat down in front of them and meditated.
This is Zen.
Zen cannot be fully transmitted by words.
Zen goes beyond words. It goes beyond concepts. It points directly to mind and the nature of mind. It invites you to turn within and unravel the great mystery of you.
Zen is the dropping away, the letting go, the great unravelling.
Just like the people gathered to hear Bodhidharma speak, rattling around in our minds are hopes, fears, concepts, and concoctions, expectations and ego.
Zen goes beyond these.
But the Zen practitioner does not go off and live in some far-away mountaintop.
Zen is found in the marketplace. Zen is for the world.
Your very body is your meditation hut and this very life is your temple, your practice grounds.
“I just try to teach my students how to hear the birds sing.”
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi