Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 11/09/2017

What Is This?

One thing that I’m coming to appreciate more deeply about the Korean Seon lineage in particular is their way of directing us back to the direct experience of the present moment. I’m not confident about how this would operate when divorced from a grounding in the suttas/sutras but with that basis to proceed upon, it strikes me as a completely necessary step in the journey towards release.

Impelled on by what I perceive as boredom I can ask myself “What is this? Where is it felt in the body? Whose is this?” The answers arise as yet more questions. Yes, it feels safer to give the answer we’ve learned in the commentaries or from our teachers but what does it mean if we don’t give our own experience primacy? What is this?

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