Q164. To make concentration on the question feels very hard. Is Zen practice steadily difficult all the way until we reach the final goal?

A. In the beginning, you might feel it a little difficult to keep focused on the question for a long time. However, if you keep practising, your practice will grow easier and easier with time, and the duration of your concentration on the question becomes longer and longer until you reach the stage of becoming oneness with your question.

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Once you get to this stage, your practice goes on by itself spontaneously all day long without your effort. You can’t separate your question from yourself or stop practising even though you try to stop it. Whatever you do; speak, listen or eat, you feel as if your question did it. Then your life itself becomes your practice and your practice is as easy as breathing.
©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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