Tuesday Evening, June 22, 1971
I don’t know where to start, you know, my talk, but anyway what I want to discuss with you tonight is how to, you know, apply our practice in your—to your everyday life. That will be the point of my talk.
Whether you are a layman or priest, you know, we are all bodhisattvas, you know. We are taking bodhisattva vow and we are practicing bodhisattva way. And as you know, bodhisattva way is to help others as you help yourself, or to help others more—before you help yourself. That is, you know, bodhisattva way. We put so much emphasis on helping others. This point is very important when you try to figure out what will be your everyday life, you know, what will be the relationship [between] zazen practice and your everyday life. Because you forget this point, you cannot extend your practice to everyday life.
Because, you know, as a Buddhist we should see things-as-it-is, you know [laughs], to see things-as-it-is, to observe things-as-they-are—that is the most important point. When you practice zazen, you know, actually you don’t see anything, you don’t think about anything. But even though you do [are] not aware of what you are doing, you are actually one with everything; even though you don’t see, but you are actually with everything. So you knows everything. You see things, you know, not with our naked eye, but our true eyes, you know. Even though we don’t hear, but [laughs] actually we are with everything. We are practicing with everything, you know, actually. When you don’t think, when you [are] one with your practice, you know, at that moment, even though you don’t see, you are already with everything and you are actually seeing things, you know, and you have perfect understanding of everything. That is our practice. And we feel in that way when we don’t think. I said “feel” but [laughs] maybe “to feel” is not correct word. That is, you know, our practice.