The Marrow of Zen

Posted: May 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

When we hear this story, almost all of us want to be
the best horse. If it is impossible to be the best one, we want
to be the second best. This is, I think, the usual understanding
of this story, and of Zen. You may think that when you
sit in zazen you will find out whether you are one of the best
horses or one of the worst ones. Here, however, there is a
misunderstanding of Zen. If you think the aim of Zen practice
is to train you to become one of the best horses, you
will have a big problem. This is not the right understanding.
If you practice Zen in the right way it does not matter
whether you are the best horse or the worst one. When
you consider the mercy of Buddha, how do you think Buddha
will feel about the four kinds of horses ? He will have
more sympathy for the worst one than for the best one.
Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind 38

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