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Harada Roshi

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I study Zen in a language which is not my mother tongue. This means almost every answer every verbal reaction I give during work with the teacher is incomplete and unfinished. Most times I do not find words to express myself at all and that hurts. How can I stay open and honest so that I can learn?

Words are important when you try to understand something. Yet for zazen you do not need to understand anything. Not a single word can reach the depth of mind. In most cases, it is the words that stand in the way. Please stay with the straightforward experience of seeing hearing smelling tasting.

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