2.2.05

Are you enjoying it?

While our consciousness is clear or under control, why not assist ourselves and others to enjoy life? What does enjoyment mean? We generally think we enjoy such occasions as a delicious meal with drinks. When asked about enjoyment, a man generally thinks of enjoying time with a woman, and a woman enjoys time with a man, or a man with a man, or a woman with a woman. But when we eat or drink too much we suffer. Interesting, isn't it?

One of my teachers kept saying over and over to me, "Are you enjoying it?" I thought he was dumb in always asking this question without saying what it was. When I was growing up, I had a close, caring relationship with my grandmother. When she died, the teacher intentionally came to me and asked me, "Are you enjoying it?"

I said, "I'm sad. I'm not enjoying it."

He smiled gently and said, "Sad, yes. And yet, are you enjoying it?"

I can still hear his voice.

Sensei Ogui

p. 132 in "Zen Shin Talks"
Zen Shin Buddhist Publications, 1998

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