Life is transient
The Great Matter
Don’t waste time.
A wonderful distillation of Zen practice. “Wake Up” – our inspiration and the stick driving us on. Not proclaiming a goal but serving as a reminder of our essence and purpose. Our mission statement. “Life is transient, swiftly passing” – Facts. Bare and painful facts. No eternity and no heaven. Focus and don’t forget that everything swirls by with such speed that it seems one long, eternal, never-ending moment. “Be Aware, The Great Matter” – Every moment is a practice and we should practice every moment. Our koan? The Great Matter. What is it? It is the manifestation of this moment through the power and integrity of our practice. Whether that practice is zazen, following breath, chanting, visualization or the overall benefit of others through a compassionate act. The Great Matter is the sound of the present moment being lived.
Don’t waste time. I planned to write a longer post. Instead I walked the dog and sat with my daughter, drank a beer and mowed the lawn. Please don’t waste your time.