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When practicing in Osesshin there must be a sense of urgency. With urgency we have no patience but in practicing we need patience. In patience there may not be enough urgency. With too much urgency there may not be enough patience. How does one balance these two opposites?

The way people perceive "urgency" and “patience” is different for everyone, and maybe you are looking at it a bit too complicated. During Osesshin you do not need to think about anything, only become the Osesshin. There is no need to add any judgment about good or bad onto anything. But we all do have some problems in our mind. So all we need to do is not to create any gaps for thinking to enter. Concentrate on your Koan, on your Sussokan, on your breathing. There is only going straight ahead. “Patience” is about bearing the pain in the legs, the mind moving with circumstances outside, wanting to rest a tired body – we need to make effort to stay with the experience. Strong emotions and irritation do not stop because of our patience, but by placing our attention on the Koan or sussokan we can change our inner direction and become more quiet and centered. What is most important is to strengthen our vow and determination.

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