"Zazen [seated meditation] being of grave importance, neither neglect it nor regard it highly. [...] Centuries ago the Buddha forsook both His home and His country — to do so are sure signs of true training. People of the present time say that they need only practice that which comes easily — this is very bad, such thinking is not at all akin to true Buddhism. If you concentrate only on one thing and consider it to be training then it is impossible to even lie down in peace. If one action is done with a bored or uneasy mind, all things become bored or uneasy. I know full well that those who seek things the easy way do not look for the True Way. [...] The Mind that seeks the Way does not search for easy training: should you look for an easy way of training, you will probably not reach the true realization and you can never find the treasure house. The most excellent of the old Ancestors said that training was hard to undergo, for Buddhism is deep and immense: the great masters would never have spoken of the difficulty of Buddhism had it been easy. [...] The means by which Buddhism is transmitted is far beyond normal intelligence and understanding; look carefully for all signs within yourself, meditate upon yourself and train hard.
"The teachings of Zen make no choice between either young or old. Joshu did not begin to train until he was over sixty but he was a very fine Ancestor. The Priestess Teijô started her training at the age of twelve and became the finest of the priests in her monastery: it is the amount of effort made that conditions the understanding of Buddhism received, and this differs [only] according to the training or lack thereof."
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