I enjoy my visits to Dailyzen. The studies and commentaries are interesting and are very nourishing, even to those of us who are not seekers along the Zen path.
Currently, Daily Zen is focusing on “Sho-do-ka” (Song of Realization), by Yoka-daishi, and it begins like this:
You cannot praise nor blame realization.
Like the sky, truth has no bounds.
Wherever you stand, it surrounds you.
When you seek it, you cannot reach it;
Your hand cannot hold it,
Nor your mind exclude it.
When you no longer seek it, it is with you.
In silence, you speak it loudly;
In speech you manifest its silence.
Thus the gate of compassion opens wide
To the benefit of all beings.
I am reminded something Yoda told Luke in one of the Star Wars films: “Don’t try, do.”
We are forever trying, and this seems to get in our way, rather like the feet of the proverbial centipede in the old gag who was asked, “when you start to walk, which foot do you move first?” At that point, the centipede was unable to move at all, just for the thinking of such things.
My speculation here is that when we stop wondering about which foot to move first, we’ll be able to walk a lot farther down our chosen paths.