No. 7 The End of Seedzen

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Every end is just another beginning, all beginnings presage their end. And so the world goes.

Telling other stories, those that are lithe and light and can adequately respond to the world today, this must now be the work.

I repudiate nothing that has been written, just the inadequacy of the effect. New stories can be told and words need not be the only form of expression.

All the words that have ever been written in religion, philosophy and science were reduced by Fukuoka to the simple action of Seedballing.

The great wisdom of such non-doing, Daoist wei wu wei, is an important story for the global culture now forming to tell itself.

But such non-doing is still only a reaction to the doing which is destroying the world, it does not dig down deep into the desires which propel human beings out into the world.

Meditation is the ever-giving source of effortless action, because it is itself neither action nor non-action. Meditation is awakening. But it should also be recognised that awakening is meditation.

Very good! The fable has been told and now the moral of the story is clear; meditation is the Way, the Truth and the Light! And after the meditation?

Meditation that remains in the sitting hall is dead. Only when the practice and fruits of meditation return to the world are action and non-action combined, time and eternity then fully live in the moment and it is only in the present moment where we can ever discover our true selves in what we actually do.

I remain here at Chapel Peak, poised on this moment, not knowing yet which way the future will fall. How very open the world is and will always remain. It is only the tales we tell ourselves that limit this vast potential.

Thank you and I hope for some this blog has been of interest.

My email address remains:
Thenfzc at gmail dot com

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About Jamie Nicol

Living in the forested hills of Catalonia, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Zen teacher, recovering philosopher, small-scale natural farmer. Writing just what comes.
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1 Response to No. 7 The End of Seedzen

  1. Elfe says:

    I had to laugh. I find your blog just when it is at an end. But maybe that is fitting. My mind tires of words. But I honour deeply your efforts… effortless effort… the giving up of effort… the mind likes to chew on these things. But in the end, if I allow it and give up the need to control, and just listen, my garden grows itself needing little assistance from me.

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