The Zen Body

“Your body is not bounded by the surface of your skin, you know. The sun and moon are your body. The oceans and rivers are your body. The whole Universe is your body. The Buddha built his religion upon this mind, thisconsciousness. Sometimes you call it body, sometimes you call it God. We don’t use any name for it. When you observe that your mind is as boundless as the sky, an endless Universe, and your present state – this moment – is here…that is all. When you have to express yourself by speech, you must realize it is not Zen. All the writings are in your heart, they are inherent, the intrinsic law of your nature. You cannot find this anywhere outside yourself.”

Excerpt from The Zen Eye, A collection of Zen talks by Sokei-An, Edited by Mary Farkas

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