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Zen practice and koan work require great concentration. Due to an accident I have suffered brain damage and my power of concentration is not strong. This condition might improve a little but the ability will remain limited. Is realization still possible?
March 11, 2013, 4:49 pm
You say that your concentration is not strong, yet we cannot produce concentration. To simply be alive is concentration. 650 year ago there lived the Zen master Muso Daishi, he never studied, he lived with the old people on the country side, when he was asked: How can one awaken to human´s truth? Muso Daishi called out: „Grandfather, come here! Grandmother, come here a moment as well.“ They both thought now they will hear a teaching for which they will be very thankful. Yet Muso Daishi took their heads and banged them against each other. „Ouch!“ They were so surprised, and Muso Daishi simply said: „Don´t forget that pain!“ That moment when you feel the pain, nobody needed to teach you about it, you didn't read about it in a book, neither did you practice zazen for this experience. Yet that is the truth, where you experience your straight forward mind, it was not planned or calculated.Not a single thought was added. From that empty mind „Ouch“ came forth. This kind of pure workings of mind is what is called Satori.