June 30 at the Bakersfield Museum of Art Sculpture Garden
Excerpts from Fukenzazengi (Universal Recommendation of Zazen)
There is no speck of dust in the whole universe. How could we ever try to brush it clean?
Everything is manifest at this very place. Where are we supposed to direct the feet of our practice?
Now, if you make the slightest discrimination, you will create a gap like that between heaven and earth.
If you follow one thing while you resist the other, your mind will be shattered and lost.
Suppose you are confident in your understanding and rich in enlightenment, gaining the wisdom that knows at a glance, attaining the way and clarifying the mind, arousing an aspiration to reach for the heavens. Now your head is stuck in the entranceway, while your body has no clue how to get out.
Although Shakyamuni was wise at birth, can't you see the traces of his six years of upright sitting? Bodhidharma transmitted the mind-seal from India. Can't you hear the echo of the nine years he sat facing a wall?
If even the ancient sages were like this, how can we today dispense with wholehearted practice? Therefore, put aside the intellectual practice of investigating words and chasing phrases, and learn to take the backward step that turns the light and shines it inward.
Your body and mind will drop away of themselves, and your original face will manifest. If you want to get into touch with things as they are, you - right here and now - have to start being yourself, as you are.