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Wash away the discriminating shadow...
Harada Roshi


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You mentioned in your teisho about gathering concentration on the tip of a needle. When I do this I lose the connection to the wide flowing energy. How to proceed?


When we sit down for Zazen, our awareness is still filled with things from outside, and this shadow easily lingers. When you then concentrate on your koan, this lingering awareness slowly melts into the koan and becomes the koan. Simple awareness remains, being present and even the self and surrounding disappear. To enter this state of mind where there is no hindrance is called samadhi. This samadhi is necessary for the great death to occur. Something from outside can touch your pure awareness and break though. The for the first time your awareness can be reborn. The theoretical explanation for this experience is called the awareness of awareness becomes aware of itself. Only if you can break out of this samadhi can you experience the great death with rebirth of your awareness. This is the first time that there is no dualism needed anymore, when you can experience your pure awareness.


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