It’s easy toregard time as a commodity—we even speak of “saving” or “spending” it. We oftenregard it as an enemy, when we feel it slipping away before we’re ready fortime to be up. The Zen view of time is radically different than that: time isnot something separate from our life; rather, our life is time. Understand this, says Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and you can live fully and freely right whereyou are in each moment.
Katagiri baseshis teaching on Being Time, a text bythe most famous of all Zen masters, Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), to show that time is a creative, dynamic processthat continuously produces the universe and everything in it—and that tounderstand this is to discover a gateway to freedom from the dissatisfactionsof everyday life. He guides us in contemplating impermanence, thepresent moment, and the ungraspable nature of past and future. He discussestime as part of our inner being, made manifest through constant change inourselves and our surroundings. Andthese ideas are by no means metaphysical abstractions: they can be directlyperceived by any of us through meditation.
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