It’s easy to
regard time as a commodity—we even speak of “saving” or “spending” it. We often
regard it as an enemy, when we feel it slipping away before we’re ready for
time to be up. The Zen view of time is radically different than that: time is
not something separate from our life; rather, our life is time. Understand this, says Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and you can live fully and freely right where
you are in each moment.
his teaching on Being Time, a text by
the most famous of all Zen masters, Eihei Dogen (1200–1253), to show that time is a creative, dynamic process
that continuously produces the universe and everything in it—and that to
understand this is to discover a gateway to freedom from the dissatisfactions
of everyday life. He guides us in contemplating impermanence, the
present moment, and the ungraspable nature of past and future. He discusses
time as part of our inner being, made manifest through constant change in
ourselves and our surroundings. And
these ideas are by no means metaphysical abstractions: they can be directly
perceived by any of us through meditation.
242 pages. Paperback.