Still silent observation


The process of zazen is straightforward: watch thoughts arising; see each thought as a thought without judging it in any way; then return to still, quiet observation; when another thought arises, don’t hang on to it – if we don’t try to grasp it (a deeply ingrained habit) we will see it dissolve of its own accord; as it dissolves it loses any power it might have over us; so we return again to still, silent observation. If we do this, what can disturb our mind?

[Kay Larson says something very like this when writing about the American composer John Cage]

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