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In Morning Dewdrops of the Mind I read about doing zazen with the question What is this? Could you please explain what this question is about? What exactly should we inquire into while asking this question?


It is not only about sitting. Always, whether you are standing – what is this? Seeing – what is this? Hearing – who is hearing? Working – who is working? Zen is about realizing one´s true being. The ego is what is involved in the outside, dualistic world. This question: what is this? Brings forth the realization of the non-dualistic true being. It is said that the Buddha had his realization when he saw the moring star. It was not that he became aware of the morning star, but that he became one with the morning star. As long as there is still the awareness of “I am doing Zazen” there is still some division and not alive Zazen. Here you need to become that experience completely.


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