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I have sat zazen daily for thirteen years, I have attended several week long sesshins, I meet with a local zen group one evening each week and I have developed unshakeable faith in the Buddhadharma. However I am sometimes discouraged by the tenaciousness of my storytelling mind. Help

Practising for 13 years, trusting the Dharme deeply, that is most wonderful. Yet still being aware of those 13 years? That is a heavy burden. This luggage is making this voice inside louder. To believe in the Dharma is to become the Dharma. To become the Dharma is to leave no traces in your mind. When you say your mind is heavy while holding on to that luggage, is its contradiction. Our true zazen is about dying each and every time. That is why slowly the burden disappears. Please do practice alive zazen.

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