Gold Coast Zen Meditation

June 27, 2010

“nothing to do nowhere to go” by Thich Nhat Hanh

Filed under: Uncategorized — Gold Coast Zen Meditation Group @ 8:48 pm


“According to Master Linji, the businessless person is someone who doesn’t run after enlightenment or grasp anything, even if that thing is the Buddha.  This person has simply stopped.  She is no longer caught by anything, even theories or teachings.  The businessless person is the true person inside each one of us.  This is the essential teaching of Master Linji.  When we learn to stop and be truly alive in the present moment, we are in touch with what’s going on within and around us.  We aren’t carried away by the past, the future, our thinking, ideas emotions, and projects.   

The person who has nothing to do is sovereign of herself.  She doesn’t need to put on airs or leave any trace behind.  The true person is an active participant, engaged in her environment while remaining unoppressed by it.  Although all phenomena are going through the various appearances of birth, abiding, changing, and dying, the true person doesn’t become a victim of sadness , happiness, love or hate.  She lives in awareness as an ordinary person, whether standing, walking, lying down, or sitting.  She doesn’t act a part, even the part of a great Zen master. This is what Master Linji means by “be sovereign wherever you are and use that place as your seat of awakening”

-A Buddha is a person who has no more business to do and isn’t looking for anything.  In doing nothing, in simply stopping, we can live freely and true to ourselves and our liberation will contribute to the liberation of beings.


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