Sunday, September 20, 2009
It's hard to do effective work when your desk is a mess. I once worked for a woman who had to pat the papers on her desk. in order to find her glasses to begin her work. Likewise, you can't do zazen with a messy mind. You can't even start. Clean it up, bit by bit, by counting your breaths: "One. . ., two. . ., three." Thus your mind is cleaned—and off you go with Dōgen and Zhaozhou.