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Buddhadharma : Summer 2018
28 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY has survived the centuries to become the initiatory practice of Zen. It seems there’s nothing else quite like it to harmonize the body, breath, and mind. This simple practice was a touchstone for Suzuki Roshi, which, given that most of his students were beginners, may not be sur- prising. It is an instruction he came back to again and again in his teaching, and it was clearly close to his heart. He was not put off in the slightest by its artificiality or how boring it is; he taught that pre- cisely as central to its value: You may think it is silly to count your breath from one to ten, losing track of the count and starting over. If you use a computer, there will not be any mistake. But the underlying spirit is quite important. While we are counting each number, we find that our life is limitlessly deep... To count each breath is to breathe with our whole mind and body. We count each number with the power of the whole universe. So when you really experience counting your breath, you will have deep gratitude... You will not be so interested in something just because it is considered great, or uninterested in something usually considered to be small. —Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen Here Suzuki Roshi is affirming counting not just as a first stage of practice but as an entry point into the unfathomable reality of our life and all existence. And for Zhiyi too, this practice of just counting doesn’t need to be understood only as part of a path to something, one in a sequence of gates we must gradually traverse. Zhiyi also invites us, as he does at every gate along the way, to stay here, to realize the whole Buddhist path through nothing more than breath counting. Just in this counting—in “one” or “two” or “seven”—we can realize complete liberation, total effortless freedom. the seCond gate: following Assuming we are staying in the sequence, though, setting out on this path from effort to effortless, we practice counting only for a time; maybe a few minutes, maybe a full period of meditation, maybe a few years of concerted practice. Zhiyi recommends we spend several days of concentrated practice at each gate, but I find the trajectory helpful to explore even in a single period of meditation.