March 23rd, 2018

Now in zazen, it’s a matter of the Buddha mind sitting at rest. It’s the Buddha mind doing continuous zazen. Zazen isn’t limited to the time you sit. That’s why, around here, if people have something to do while they’re sitting, they’re free to get up and do it.

It’s up to them, whatever they’ve a mind to do. Some of them will do kinhin (walking meditation) for one stick of incense. But they can’t just continue walking, so then they sit down and for another stick of incense they do zazen.

They can’t be sleeping all the time so they get up. They can’t talk constantly, so they stop talking and do some zazen. They aren’t bound by any set rules.

Bankei (1622-1693)