Sunday, January 10, 1971
…  were given about our practice referring to Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva? What is, you know, who is Avalokiteshvara? I don’t mean a man or a woman [laughs]. He is, by the way—he’s supposed to be a man who take sometime figure of a woman, you know. In disguise of a woman he help people. That is Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva. Sometime, you know, he has one thousand hands—one thousand hands—to help others. But, you know, if he is concentrated on one hand only, you know [laughs], 999 hands will be no use [laughs].
Our concentration does not mean to be concentrated on one thing, you know. Without, you know, trying to concentrate our mind, you know, without trying to concentrate, concentrated on something, we should be ready to be concentrated on something, you know. For an instance, if I am watching someone, you know, like this [laughs], my eyes is concentrated on one person like this. You know, I cannot see, you know, even it is necessary, it is difficult to change my concentration to others. We say “to do things one by one,” but what it means is, you know, without [laughs]—ah, it may be difficult—maybe not to try to explain it so well [laughs]. Nature [of] it is difficult to explain. But look at my eyes, you know. This is eyes, you know, I am watching someone [laughs]. And this is my eyes, you know, when I practice zazen. I’m [not] watching anybody [laughs], but if someone move, I can catch him [laughs, laughter].