“When you lead you are also following, and when you are following you are also leading.” | Sojun Mel Weitsman

We have the term “effortless effort”­—it is not hard and it is not easy. There is riding the wave and following the wave. When you are surfing and you catch a big wave you wait for just the right moment for the wave to crest. When you are riding the wave you are also driving the wave. You can’t tell whether you are riding or driving. It’s that kind of ease. The wave and you are one. You and the horse are one. This is non-dual practice. Dogen calls it turning and being turned.

When you are in a leading position then you are turning the practice, and when you are in a following position you are being lead by the practice. You should know which is which. Sometimes leading and sometimes following, but when you lead you are also following, and when you are following you are also leading with perfect balance, perfect coordination, perfect harmony. When we are all practicing together in this way, prajna arises and illuminates our world. This is patience beyond patience.

From “Practicing Prajna Paramita,” a talk by Sojun Mel Weitsman. Full text available at http://www.chzc.org/mel20.htm

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