... (All the following quotes are yours.) "Everyday, we must get back to point zero, to the root, to Nirvana, to the origin, call it whatever you want. It is of primary importance in Buddhist practice to have no goal. [...] Awakening is the original state of all things. [...] This is why it is said: awake with the ten thousand beings."
"Everything in the universe has a goal. [...] The universal vital impulse compels us to have a goal, otherwise, we're just vegetables. [...] When we no longer have any goal in life, life ends. [...] So, what is mushotoku in daily life? Sensei used to say: we must not hide our tails. We must not hide our karmas. Which means: we must not hide our motivation. [...] As for mushotoku in zazen itself, we must realize that, contrary to everything else in the universe, zazen is not expanding, since it turns its light inwards. It is a black hole, in a way."
Then, how can we have no goal in daily life, not only in zazen? How can I get to point zero, to the root, to Nirvana, whatever I do, whatever life I live?
"The essence of Zen teaching through action is expressed by the word mushutoku. If you realize mushutoku, you have satori, you are a Buddha, you are free, you are right, you are natural, you are non-dualistic".
Behavior outside of zazen puzzles me, for instance, when you talk about the actions that can define an authentic Master. "The most important criterion to evaluate a Master is: who was his Master, for how long and how frequently did he follow him, who gave him the shiho, and last, does he practice with as much strength as his disciples? If he stays in his room and only has meetings with his disciples, he's a bad Master. There were great Masters who enjoyed making love, drinking alcohol or eating meat. This is secondary, if they are stronger than their passions. [...] If the Master sucks, even if he perfectly follows the precepts and if he is totally conform with puritanism [...] he still sucks."
Thus, Master Kosen, how can we realize mushutoku in daily life?
To the question "how do we choose a Master?", you answer is "everyone has to become his own Master."
Thus, Master Kosen how can we, in daily life, and not only during zazen, come back to the root, realize mushutoku, become one's own Master?
Answer from Master Kosen
Let's keep things simple and not mix everything. Zen is first of all an experience, and its true essence can not be grasped through words. Even if words are sometimes useful to a certain way of communicating and if they can generate in our brain images that seemingly quench our curiosity and quiet doubts that lead to anxiety. To sum up your question: "Thus, Master Kosen, how can we realize mushutoku in daily life?" The specificity of zazen is to stop and to cut, from daily life. To enter mushotoku's silence and stillness. This is why it is so beneficial: it balances the tendency of unilateral expansion which is the characteristics of daily life's universe. To be able to go back and to get to point zero is very beneficial, but it has nothing to do with sitting all day long with our legs in a pretzel posture saying there is no goal to attain. "My answer is then: how to realize mushutoku in daily life?" By understanding we are not mushutoku.
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