Dogen Zenji urges us to cultivate the mind which
goes beyond thinking.
It’s certainly true that as long as the brain
is active, random—and not so random—thoughts
will arise. Our practice is to allow thoughts to
happen — so we don’t distract ourselves
to begin with by trying to shut them out — and
to allow them to pass as their momentum dies out.
the mind of the expert there are few possibilities;
in the mind of the beginner there are many. Suzuki Roshi
Our practice is to be mindful, as completely mindful
as we can be. And in that mindfulness we neither
indulge in pleasantness nor try to end or move away
from unpleasantness. Rather we remain in a state
of not knowing.
“In the state of non knowing” you don’t
become a dummy; it’s not that you lose track
of what you know. It’s that you don’t
clutch it in a death grip.
So this a quality of our practice that goes beyond
concentration, that goes beyond thinking about, that
goes beyond manipulating our consciousness.
It’s being completely natural and present
and not trying to do anything with it other than
Non-thinking is to actively engage each present
moment while refraining from any editorializing about
it. It's bare attention, which in its very simplicity
is quite a challenge to sustain. To experience each
moment in this very lear and uncolored way is the
heart of zazen.
Zazen is a state of being much more than it is a
state of doing. We say we’re “doing” zazen,
but really our practice is being zazen.