Sitting For You

Sitting zazen, I sometimes delve into my brother’s meander.
If there ever has been anything magic in the practice, there it is.
Doing this, I find the space he is unable to reach at the moment.
If there ever has been compassion in that practice, there it is.

Sitting for others.
According to Dogen’s famous sequence (*), studying oneself, is forgetting oneself.
It is also going for a walk in the others’ meander
From the middle of their clogged up structures,
Create the curve of space we found.

Finding while “forgetting”
Through the inexplicable junctions
Breathing life,
Nothing less


(*)“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.”

Franck‌ ‌Joseph‌ ‌ – ©FJ‌ April 2021
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