Zen & The Art of Meditation Series, Part 3: Befriending Your Own Heart Mind

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Befriending your life, your koan, your own heart mind—not using your meditation for anything: no intention to improve yourself; not getting on board with the mind. Zen & The Art of Meditation, Part lll: October 17, 2021.

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Befriending your life, your koan, your own heart mind—not using your meditation for anything: no intentions to improve yourself; not getting on board with the mind.

Linji says,

Wherever you are, just take the position of host and that will be a true place. (MK 38d)

There is a purificatory quality to meditation. When we meditate we’re in the place before winning or losing. Even when you oppose things they eventually widen. As a host you are there for the guest, but it is also for yourself.

A reading from from Saint Exupery’s Little Prince, written at the brink of WWll:

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.

And from the Daodejing, #25:

Something perfect and formless before the universe was born…

The Dao is flowing through all things. Humans follow the earth, earth follows the heavens, the heavens follow the Dao, and the Dao follows itself. Of the 4 only the Dao follows itself.

Take the position of host.

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