All of our problems are mind-made. They are mental creations. Nothing in the natural world has a problem. No mind, no problem.
We clean our windows, light shines in. We stop thinking, light shines out.
Novice to master: “Can you tell me what Zen is?”
When you stand, do not favour one foot over the other. Note the scalene triangle connecting big and little toes to the centre of the heel. Allow your weight to fill this geometric. Do not stand with your knees locked.
Feet control legs, hands control arms. By attending to the extremities, we move gracefully, economically. Let the eyes lead the head, not the other way around. This prevents us from walking like tourists.
Disciple to Jesus: “Your mother is here.”
Jesus to disciple: “Who is my mother?”
In Zen, a koan takes a student to the precipice of a “great doubt.” From this tenuous place, he sees that while logic is not wrong, it has its limits.