Lineage Winds 崇風

“Furthermore you should not fear being a householder, and you should not be boastful about going forth from the household life. Just put an end to seeking outwardly. You must investigate by facing self.”*

I understand Katherine Thanas and Gene Bush to have encouraged the basic practice—in stillness, face this one. Mind chatter is forever. Note the wind that passes through. Breath in, breath out. Occasionally, I focus on the out breath, a side door technique for deepening the breath, quieting the infinite mind chatter. Lineage winds refer to the ancestral heritage, the precious relationships and teachings on sitting still, on and off the cushion.

Clinging to hope for improvement, one can miss the resilience that is already there.

There is a lot of extra in talk about zazen. For example, these days, we might, riding the mindfulness wave, link mindfulness to zazen, or promise mindfulness as an effect of zazen.

I, too, have talked of the before and after of zazen. But if I were completely honest, it will take a long time to just investigate this one. Actually, my lifetime. The pre-history and post-history of zazen is my mind chatter about now. Therefore, it is helpful (to me) to sometimes drop the pretense of changing the world on or off the cushion.

  • Chapter 26 of the Denkoroku, Shotoshu Shumocho. The Denkoroku, or The Transmission of the Light by Keizan, is a compendium of stories of the ancestral history of Soto Zen. From teacher to student, from generation to generation. I’m noting here for those who read the transmission stories that the Soto Shu translation is similar to but also very different than the text found in Loori or Cleary.

by David Clode
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