Is “Zen” something that takes us somewhere else? To where everything is hunky-dory?
Is meditation a transporter to an elevated state of mind, or even Nirvana?
My root Zen Teacher, Taizan Maezumi Roshi, was quoted in the Tricycle Daily Dharma on New Years Day, when he said, “We do not see that our life right here, right now, is nirvana. Maybe we think that nirvana is a place where there are no problems, no more delusions. Maybe we think nirvana is something very beautiful, something unattainable. We always think nirvana is something very different from our own life.”
“our own life” refers to our complete life, not the narrowly limited lifetime we typically believe it to be. Our life has no limits – there is nothing outside it in space or time. When you set your narrow agenda aside, even for just a moment, Nirvana is right there … right Here!