zen practice

Zen Sickness, by Zen Master Hakuin

Afterwards, however, as I began reflecting upon my everyday behaviour, I could see that the two aspects of my life—the active and the meditative—were totally out of balance. No matter what I was doing, I never felt free or completely at ease. I realised I would have to rekindle a fearless resolve and once again throw myself life and limb together into the Dharma struggle…

Just One Thing, by Taizan Maezumi Roshi

Life always presents us with pairs. There are always two aspects that complement each other—sun and moon, day and night, mother and father, life and death. But how easily our minds become occupied in a one-sided way! And when we see one aspect and ignore the other, somehow we feel incomplete and the circumstances of our lives seem insufficient.