Winter Sesshin Lecture No. 2
WAY-SEEKING MIND, Part II
Sunday, November 30, 1969
I think nowadays way-seeking mind is understood like something to do good in its—with a pure motivation—not for sake of success or not for sake of fame, but to purify our mind and to be a good Buddhist. That is way-seeking mind.
So, accordingly, to do something good is, in its wide sense, the way-seeking mind: for an instance, to do something which people do not like to do: the cleaning restrooms, or pick up garbages, or to save small animals, or to help sick people. Those are things which a man of way-seeking mind will do. And with this spirit, we practice zazen. Zazen practice is just for ourselves—just for oneself. And when we do it completely, for himself—for ourselves, the practice will be, at the same time, the practice of saving others in its true sense.
To “establish ourselves on ourselves” is to encourage people to establish themselves on themselves without asking some other’s help. That is something what a man of way-seeking mind will do. So when you have way-seeking mind in your practice, you can practice your way in its true sense.
Even though you do something which people may say [is] good, if you do not do it with pure spirit, you don’t feel so good, you know. You—you will create something disagreeable for yourselves. Only when you do it with pure mind, you will be satis- [partial word]—you will fi- [partial word]—you will have joy of practice, and you will appreciate the great mind, and you will be—your practice will be the practice of kindness, too.