Friday, June 08, 2007

Don't be surprised!

Last weekend I went with Chris up to Single Flower Zen Group in Benicia to sit the final afternoon of their 2-day retreat. Before chanting and sitting, we listened to Dharma talk and Q&A with teacher Darek Gorzewski of the Kwan Um School of Zen.

Darek said that growing up in Poland under Communism, they had a little joke: "If you think something, don't say it. If you say something, don't write it down. If you write something down, don't sign it. And if you sign something, don't be surprised!"

He said that we can express Zen teaching in a similar way: "Don't make anything. If you make something, don't want it. If you wan't something, don't hold it. If you hold something, don't attach to it. And if you're attached to something, don't be surprised!"

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