The only mind the modern Zennist knows is the monkey mind that chatters in his head and goes from one thing to another never satisfied. His only goal is to suppress it—not transcend it or in the words of Zen master Fo-hsing T’ai (12th century), “know the opening beyond.”
from biography of Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon papers that changed public opinion on the Vietnam War.
Though they talked about many things during their first meeting, perhaps what most impressed Ellsberg was that in Snyder he saw someone who “was in charge of his own life … a model of the way a life could be lived.”
At night, deep in the mountains, I sit in meditation The affairs of men never reach here; Everything is quiet and empty, All the incense has been swallowed up By the endless night. My robe has become a garment of dew. Unable to sleep I walk out into the woods— Suddenly, above the highest peak, The full moon appears.
In the chapter titled Inmo in Shobogenzo Dogen said it like this: “We ourselves are tools that it (inmo, the ineffable) possesses within this universe in ten directions. How do we know that it exists? We know it is so because the body and the mind both appear in the universe, yet neither is our self. The body, already, is not ‘I’. Its life moves on through days and months, and we cannot stop it even for an instant. Where have the red faces [of our youth] gone? When we look for them, they have vanished without a trace. When we reflect carefully, there are many things in the past that we will never meet again. The sincere (or pure) mind, too, does not stop, but goes and comes moment by moment.”