#kakuzan

spiegel zen

Posted on mei 30, 2017

Kakuzan Shido (1252 – 1305) “created the ‘mirror Zen’ practice to address women’s interest in their physical appearance.” Women have been and still are oftend told that their looks are their greatest asset and women can “excercise power by seducing or influencing powerful men.” Mirror zen was meant to encourage nuns to “see through their feelings and attachments to physical form by meditating in front of a mirror. Instructions were to look deeply into one’s nature and ask: ‘Where is a single feeling, a single thought, in the mirror in which I gaze?”

Kakuzan used Huineng’s teaching on the mirror to instruct her students as follows:

Since not a thing
takes lodging in the mind,
it is untainted:
To speak of polishing
is itself illusion.

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