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Only Sit, Only Hurry

From Chapter 29 ("The Wordless Proclamation") of No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen by Jakusho Kwong:

... The spaciousness that characterizes samadhi is not a matter of conscious knowing; it is the equanimity of the "don't know" mind. As you become more and more able to return to this "don't know" mind (which is another name for the unborn, or emptiness, or self nature, or original mind) during zazen, you will find that you can begin functioning with it in your nonmeditation hours as well. For example, you will discover that you are not in the kind of hurry you've been used to and there will be a spaciousness in your work. There will be energy, curiosity, zest, humor, and joy. And there will also be a certain newness to everything because your living is an expression of the unborn. Even if it appears that what you are doing is the same old thing, you will find that it is new; you can see and appreciate the flowers on the roadside even as you just drive by. With spacious awareness as its foundation, this is the way that prajna functions in your daily life.

Remember, the center of a moving cyclone is still. You are not in a hurry, but things still get accomplished. It's not like you will suddenly start walking slowly or thinking slowly, but you will find that things are actually being accomplished and that they are getting done right on time by themselves. "We" are doing less. Nondoing is a good word for this. In this way absolute time is relative time. There's no need to be in a hurry, though if you are in a hurry, you should be aware that you're in a hurry, and you should hurry one hundred percent. When you "only hurry," it's no hurry at all. It's the same as "only sit." Only sit, only hurry. It's quite different and not at all the struggle of the dualistic hurry. It's only hurry as it is. Real practice enables us to live in this way.

When you become familiar with returning your radiance inward to your pervasive awareness and cultivate just this as your life-force, you can return and cultivate it anywhere. No matter where you are or what is going on, you can "fix" or "turn on" your mind. This phrase comes directly from my own experience with my teacher. In the early days Suzuki-roshi urged me to "fix my mind." That's what he said. After all these seasons I am now understanding that what he was urging me to do was to maintain my focus on this pervasive awareness everywhere, not only during zazen. He was encouraging me to regain the imperturbable composure in whatever I did so that I could be free. ...

(cf. Deliberate Speed (1999-08-23), Patience and Time (2005-01-11), Extreme Clarity (2006-12-15), Hurry Patiently (2008-12-14), ...) - ^z - 2017-06-01