Good day to you, good people!
Today I have a beautiful, concise expression of the essence of spiritual practice for you. This is from Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Suzuki-Roshi:
“The basic teaching of Buddhism is the teaching of transiency, or change. That everything changes is the basic truth for each existence. No one can deny this truth, and all the teaching of Buddhism is condensed within it. This is the teaching for all of us. Wherever we go this teaching is true. This teaching is also understood as the teaching of selflessness. Because each existence is in constant change, there is no abiding self. In fact, the self-nature of each existence is nothing but change itself, the self-nature of all existence. There is no special, separate self-nature for each existence. This is also called the teaching of Nirvana. When we realize the everlasting truth of ‘everything changes’ and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in Nirvana.”
Read the quote two or three times, if you will, and allow the essence of what he’s saying here to sink in. Don’t intellectualize it; don’t think about it, but instead feel your way into a direct and intuitive understanding of the truth he’s pointing to. See how it is so that all in the world of form is in constant change. See how it is so that there cannot be a fixed and abiding self that is separate from and outside of Life if this is the case. See how it is so that if we can rest in that fact, in that truth, we lose the capacity to suffer. We lose the capacity to identify with that self, and rest instead in simple being and acceptance. Don’t conceptualize this. Be it. Be the awareness of this truth.