Chapter 2: Zen Is Your Very Nature
When he fully realizes the body of the Buddha, the body of the universal law, he has nothing. He becomes nothing.
He himself is the source of all things and his ordinary life is another name for the eternal Buddha.
If you live in this understanding, you can change in a single moment. You can transform yourself absolutely, without wasting any time.
Beautiful hints. First, you have to forget all that you have learned. All your learning is a barrier. Put it aside. Zen cannot be learned and cannot be taught. You can imbibe it, you can imbibe the spirit of it.
Living with a master you can drink, you can drink the invisible nectar, you can be full with it, but you will have to fulfill one condition: you have to put the mind aside.
Gayan has written to me that while listening to me she feels like dancing. That’s how the disciple is bound to feel: something inside you starts dancing, singing. Something inside you rejoices. Something inside you immediately falls in tune with the master; a deep synchronicity happens. It cannot be taught, it cannot be learned, but it can be transferred. That transfer is beyond words and beyond scriptures. It needs a totally new art: the art of surrender, the art of total let-go.
The first condition is: forget all that you have learned. The second condition is: be calm, quiet, contented. Desire keeps you away from the present moment, far away. And Zen is the taste of reality here and now. It is the feel of the here and now. Zen is not concerned with any God after death, Zen is concerned with the godliness that surrounds you right now.
These sounds, these birds, these trees, these people, this silence - three thousand people disappearing into a silence, losing their identities, egos - and suddenly Zen is there! It becomes almost tangible. You can touch it, you can eat it, you can drink it. But there is no way to convey it through words. You have to be calm and quiet and contented so that you can be in the present. You have to be free of all care.
Care simply means you are not trusting existence; you are trying to be careful on your own. You are afraid. You are not yet aware that existence cares for you, that it mothers you, that it fathers you. Once you start feeling the mothering, the fathering that surrounds you, in the air, in the sun, in the moon, in the stars, you drop caring for yourself. There is no need to be worried. You start flowing with existence. You drop pushing the river. And then you will be able to understand what Zen is. You have to live naturally and reasonably.
Remember, the society has made you absolutely artificial. It has given you ideas, it has imposed certain moralities, characters upon you. It has destroyed your spontaneity. You have to regain it, you have to reclaim it. That is the most essential thing to be done.