ED: What are the most common motivations and expectations that direct 
individuals toward zen practice?

Mayka: No motivation, no expectations.  No search for zen.  No interest for 
zen. The only thing is that after going in circles and just by a chance one day 
one discovers that there is: Only the here and the now lived in awareness!. And 
automatically one becomes a zennist! So it's zen that choose its practitioners 
and not people who choose to be a zennist. 
ED: I do hope zen would choose me - but I had better start doing zazen again.
Mayka: I don't think that hope will make one eligible for zen.  It's in not in 
hope that one knows to be breathing but by a natural motion of nature 
observed while in awareness.   Zazen into action more effective than inactive 
hope. 
 ED: Is the enlightenment process something other than what is suggested 
immediately above?
Mayka: There is no enlightenment
ED: I use 'enlightenment' synonymously with 'realizing Buddha nature'.
Mayka: Buddha nature is found in the here and the now.  Use the awareness of 
the in and out breathing 24 hour over 24 hours even in one sleep and in 
whatever task one is doing.  Acknowledgement of sensations, thoughts, 
movements, smells, hearing, sight....and you will experience the Buddha nature 
by yourself.  There is no realisation but just awakening or remembering of 
something that is in you already. 
Mayka




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