“Does Nonthinking Require Effort?”

Konocti with foreground oleanderIn his “Lancet of Seated Meditation” (“Shobo genzo zazen shin”), Dogen quotes a conversation:

Once, when the Great Master Hung-tao of Yueh shan was sitting in meditation , a monk asked him,

What are you thinking, sitting there so fixedly?

The master answered, “I’m thinking of not thinking.”

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