using the arrow buttons.
by clicking on the page.
the page around when zoomed in by dragging it.
the zoom using the slider when zoomed-in.
by clicking on the zoomed-in page.
by entering text in the search field, and select "This Issue" or "All Issues"
by clicking on thumbnails to select pages, and then press the print button.
displays sections with thumbnails and descriptions.
displays a slider of thumbnails. Click on a page to jump.
allows you to browse the full archive.
about your subscription?
Lions Roar : March 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2008 62 THE SPECIAL GENIUS OF ZEN PRACTICE is its technique of working with phras- es. This practice consists of living with, being with, and sitting with phrases, until they become very large and very strange, and reveal themselves to us. That is to say, through them we are revealed to ourselves. By “phrases” I mean literally phrases—some words with meanings; something iden- tifiable, explainable, and conceptual. But “phrases” also means the silence, the larger, ineffable space that we find in the middle of and surrounding all words and concepts if we sit with them long and deeply enough. In Zen meditation, zazen, we have a method for this. We learn how to breathe with phrases, inquire of them, take them beyond conventional styles of understanding. We practice, as Zen Master Dogen puts it, “think not thinking.” We allow thought to arise, but not grasping thought, not being caught up in thought, not driving thought with our fear, desire, our smallness, as we usually do. So that instead of interpreting or explaining the phrases, trying to gain mastery over them, we allow ourselves to feel the phrases deeply, Phrases & Spaces Zen practitioners don’t work on koans. Koans work on them. Norman Fischer offers a poet’s take NORMAN FISCHER is a poet, essayist, and Zen teacher. His new book is Sailing Home: Using The Odyssey to Chart Your Life’s Journey, forthcoming in June from Free Press. MAR 62-67.indd 62 MAR 62-67.indd 62 12/20/07 1:53:06 PM 12/20/07 1:53:06 PM