presence: pure meditation
- On one hand, we learn how to retain
the state of Presence and on the other,
how to be with the state, how to sit
Now we are entering the realm
of Shikan-taza or pure meditation. When
one is aware of the Presence, it is
like the feeling of waking up in this
very moment. There is a sort of
gentle movement within our inner state
as if the observing intelligence was
meeting its inner Presence.
It is as if they were one and two at
the same time. In the state of meditation
the observing consciousness becomes
relaxed and the state of Presence can
rest upon itself. This is what we
call just sitting or Shikan-taza.
The practitioner checks very gently from
time to time, whether the inner center
is present, and simultaneously drops
into the non-doing, into the state
emptied of the personal will.
from Jan Sultan