In Sanzen the student presents his/her understanding in front of the Zen master. This rare footage was filmed at Sogenji Zen monastery (abbot: Shodo Harada Roshi) in 2004.
“Als gewaarzijn aanwezig is … leidt het tot onderzoek van de werking van de mentale toestanden, en tot het besef: deze bevorderen het goede, deze het kwade, deze helpen, deze breken af. Vervolgens verwijdert een ernstig mens de eigenschappen die tot nadeel strekken en hij aanvaardt wat voordeel brengt. Hij verwijdert wat niet dienstig is en aanvaardt wat wel dienstig is.”
“Choose – there’s only now, this moment, and it is passing no matter what you do with it. It will pass if you spend it exactly doing what you want, and it will pass if you spend it longing for another moment, and it will pass if you spend it wishing for another life. How could anything possibly be missing when this moment is everything?” – Sallie Tisdale
All night, the rain of compassion continued to fall,
while lightning flashed through my window
and a great storm arose,
as if Earth and Sky were in battle.
Finally in me the rain stopped, the clouds parted.
The moon returned,
shining peacefully, calming Earth and Sky.
Looking into the mirror of the moon, suddenly
I saw myself,
and I saw you smiling, Blessed One.
The moon of freedom has returned to me,
everything I thought I had lost.
From that moment on,
and in each moment that followed,
I saw that nothing had gone.
There is nothing that should be restored.
Every flower, every stone, and every leaf recognize me.
Wherever I turn, I see you smiling
the smile of no-birth and no-death.
The smile I received while looking at the mirror of the moon.
I see you sitting there, solid as Mount Meru,
calm as my own breath,
sitting as though no raging fire storm ever occurred,
sitting in complete peace and freedom.
At last I have found you, Blessed One,
and I have found myself.
There I sit.
Thich Nhat Hanh