In our practice the most important thing is to realize that we have buddhanature. Intellectually we may know this, but it is rather difficult to accept. Our everyday life is in the realm of good and bad, the realm of duality, while buddhanature is found in the realm of the absolute where there is no good and no bad. There is a twofold reality. Our practice is to go beyond the realm of good and bad and to realize the absolute. It may be rather difficult to understand.
from the book Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen
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Further quotes from the book Not Always So:
- Our scales
- Existing in each instant of time
- Right there is enlightenment
- Wherever you are, enlightenment is there
- That is why we practice zazen