"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

October 2, 2011

Bernie Glassman on the Zen of "letting go" that is not "letting go"

"All of us who come to Zen have a yearning to let go.  Naturally, we want to be free of the self, free of the ego, attain the mind that Shakyamuni attained under the bodhi tree. But what is letting go?

I don't think we understand it at all. We've got this idea of something trapped that we got to set free.  Like there's a bird in your hand, what Zen is about is spreading your fingers and letting it fly away.  Whoosh!  I'm enlightened!

But you and the bird are the same!  You and your hand are the same!  Nothing needs to be opened!  Nothing needs to fly away!  Realize this and you've automatically let go!"

Bernie Glassman
quoted in Ambivalent Zen by Lawrence Shainberg
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