Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cogito Ergo Sum

An old, knotted tree stump

René Descartes' "I think, therefor I am".

I get a lot of people that ask me about meditation. I tell them that I don't meditate, I practice something called zazen. What's the difference, they ask? Meditation is something that you do with your mind. Zazen is without the mind. "No mind"; it sounds like a quote from The Last Samurai.

According to ole René you exist because you're thinking. What happens during those brief moments between thoughts? Do we cease to exist? For me, that's where the practice of zazen begins, at those brief intervals between thoughts, where nothing is going on, where everything is just... just.

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