Sangha notes for 5-15-17

An excerpt from Nothing Special, Living Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck:
“Student: What is the difference between being totally absorbed in hammering the nails and being aware that you’re totally absorbed in
hammering the nails?
Joko: Being aware that you’re totally absorbed in hammering the nails is still dualistic. You’re thinking, ‘I am totally absorbed in hammering
the nails.’ That is not true mindfulness. In true mindfulness, one is just doing it. Awareness that one is absorbed in an experience can be a useful
step on the way, but it’s not quite it, because one is still thinking about it. There’s still a separation between awareness and the object of awareness.
When we’re just hammering the nails, we’re not thinking about practice. In good practice, we’re not thinking, ‘I have to practice.’ Good practice is
simply doing what we’re doing and noticing when we drift off. When we’ve been sitting for many years, we know almost instantaneously when
we’ve started to drift.”

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