Sitting Meditation Zen

MEDITATION and NATURE

“Meditation: see the unmoving innate nature inwardly.” Huineng, Sixth Patriarch of Zen.

“The sage lets NATURE enlighten him and follow what is.” Chuang Tzu.
(Nature includes innate nature of living and nonliving things, self and others, people and circumstances or the nature of what is.)

“One who cultivates the unmoving state does not notice whether other people are right or wrong, good or bad, or whether they have other faults. It is UNMOVING in the INNATE NATURE.”Sixth Patriarch of Zen.”The mind’s thoughts do not arise with respect to any good or evil external state. That is what ‘sitting’ is.”

Meditation and Nature
“The Way is awakened from the mind. How could it be found in sitting?”
Huineng, Sixth Patriarch of Zen.

Sengai Frog

Animal Metaphors

Thai Monk feeding teger by Paul Brown Rex Features

Feeding the Tiger

Don’t you know the one who rears the tiger? He never dares to feed it live animals that would stir up its anger to kill. He does not dare to feed it with whole carcasses that would stir up anger while it tears up the flesh. He times its appetite well and understands its rage. Tiger and man differs, but both cherish those who feed and care for them. The key is to go with their nature. They kill only when something goes against their nature.

(from Chapter 4, “Human World”, Book of Chuang Tzu)

Respect and Go Along with innate nature

We all know it is stupid to pick a fight with a tiger or a bear, but we do that all the time with difficult and violent people at work, at home or in social contexts. Temperaments of difficult people may not be too different from tigers or bears