An enlightened person

To say that one practices zazen in order to become an enlightened person is like saying one practices medicine to become a doctor. To practice medicine is to be a doctor. To practice zazen is to be enlightened. Enlightenment is not a static state of achievement; it is the active undertaking of the way exemplified in zazen.

— T. P. Kasulis, Zen Action, Zen Person (University Press of Hawaii, 1981), 78

2 Replies to “An enlightened person”

  1. What a good reminder! We are very much a goal/degree/accomplishment oriented culture, aren’t we?

  2. thanks, this holds true for meditation and yoga as well I guess ? at least it feels that way

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