Sokei-An Shigetsu Sasaki

Magazine Arts & Culture

The Quiet Life

SOKEI-AN SHIGETSU SASAKI, a Japanese Zen pioneer in the West, describes some of the many differences between his American lay followers and the monks back home. From a lecture given on February 21, 1942, as published in issue #1 of Zen Notes, January 1954. Peaceful in body, peaceful in speech,The bhikkhu peaceful and well-concentratedWho has […]

By Sokei-An Shigetsu Sasaki

Magazine Meditation & Practice

Return to Your Original State!

Teachers of Zen have a favorite saying, “Return to your original state!” To return to the original state means, in a word, “Go back home!” “Original state” signifies “original state of mind.” What is this original state of mind? Buddha spoke of the original state of mind, calling it avidya—original darkness. Of course Buddha did […]

By Sokei-An Shigetsu Sasaki
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