Disclaimer: I'm not good with words.

That being said, I think you have the idea.  If we're washing dishes, for
instance, we should be washing dishes --not washing dishes, trying to
balance our checkbooks in our head, planning dinner, etc.  Like a smoky fire
which doesn't burn effectively (it's just as much NOT burning as it is
burning -- there's still wood everywhere), the person who is trying to do
more than one thing at once isn't really doing any of them.

I can remember times when I was so absorbed in an activity that "I" didn't
exist.  There was no "me" doing anything.  It's hard to put into words.  On
the flipside, however, the more I "try" to do this, the more aware of myself
I am.  It's really just something that happens when I'm fully with what I'm
doing.  When I let go, I'm fully in the moment without even realizing it,
but if I try to force it, I'm all over the place.

I probably made no sense.  Thank you for your time.


On 5/2/06, Eugene <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> I am the one that posted this question and I think some explanation is
> helpful. The text I meant is the following:
> "In order not to leave any traces, when you do something, you should
> do it with your whole body and mind; you should be concentrated on
> what you do. You should do it completely, like a good bonfire. You
> should not be a smoky fire. You should burn yourself completely. If
> you do not burn yourself completely, a trace of yourself will be left
> in what you do. You will have something remaining which is not
> completely burned out. Zen activity is activity which is completely
> burned out, with nothing remaining but ashes. This is the goal of our
> practice. That is what Dogen meant when he said, "Ashes do not come
> back to firewood." Ash is ash. Ash should be completely ash. The
> firewood should be firewood. When this kind of activity takes place,
> one activity covers everything."
> I can understand one does everything with full commitment... Is that
> what is meant? It seems more complex than that..
> --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Eugene" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >
> > I am reading the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, of Shunryu Suzuki -
> > an excellent book. It goes into depths while being understandable.
> >
> > However, there is a concept in it I don't understand. I would like
> to
> > have some explanation...
> >
> > It is about going fully into an activity, leaving nothing of
> yourself
> > behind. So you are like ash afterwards... who has read this book and
> > can explain?
> >
> > thanks!
> >
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