Sangha notes for 7-10-17


Greg shared a reading from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen by Jakusho Kwong:
“Stepping back, or the backward step, is an interesting phrase…Dogen points the way when he says that we take the backward step when we turn our thinking mind, with the light of awareness, on our own mind source.
In our meditation practice it is very important not to get lost entertaining the thinking mind, because the activity and capacity of the thinking mind is endless. If you give it all of your attention, it will take your life. It’s the same for each and every one of us: the more attention you give it, the stronger it becomes. And the more you try not to entertain it, the more you confirm its presence. Either way, it’s got you. The antidote is really a very simple thing; instead of putting all the emphasis on your small mind, put the emphasis on the Big Mind. ‘Cultivate your Big Mind,’ as Suzuki-roshi said. And so in zazen the backward step is taken when you turn your light of awareness inward like a mirror on your mind source.”