The Only Zen You Can Find….

“The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” – Robert M. Pirsig

This is about Enlightenment.

To come to Enlightenment we have to see our true nature. Our true nature is Enlightenment. Enlightenment isn’t something far away that we’re chasing. We have innate wakefulness and we just have to realize that.

We are all Buddhas. We are all free.

In their song Already Gone the Eagles said: “So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key.”

That’s the truth. It’s just our own delusion that keeps us from Awakening.

If we go around looking for Enlightenment we won’t find it. That’s because it’s here already. Awakening can be found right now. In fact right now is the only time it can be found. It isn’t somewhere out there and it isn’t waiting to be found at some other time. It is only right now.

Once you stop clinging and let reality be as it is, you’ll be free. And then your whole world will be transformed, you will be at peace wherever you are.

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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher and Ch'an Adept living in Kansas City. He regularly gives teachings through the Open Heart Project. He also runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. Daniel has a BA in English from KU and handles paperwork for a living.

His teaching style has been compared to that of the earliest Mahayana teachers and Ch'an Masters.

Daniel has taken Bodhisattva Vows in both the Nagarjuna and Asanga lineages and was transmitted the Caodong Ch'an lineage of Master Xu Yun.

Find out more about Daniel on his blog and connect with him on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter