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Resting in the unborn

Resting in the unborn

Resting in the unborn –
New Kusen collection of Guy Mokuhō Mercier

(available in french only)

By Liliann Shu Rei Manning

RESTING IN THE UNBORN is the 3rd collection of Guy Mokuhō Mercier’s kusen. This booklet  consists of five groups of kusen, delivered on  various occasions, and a teisho on samsara, the  wheel of life. The subject of this teisho has  interested Guy Mokuhō for a long time and his  enthusiasm is infectious!

As with the two previous collections, this 3rd booklet offers us a unique meeting  between the subjects traditionally taught in zen and the particular way in which the  author approaches them. To read Guy Mokuhō’s kusen is to enliven and invigorate  our practice! Thanks to his teachings, we become particularly aware of the need to  be conscious of our sensations. The booklet has about sixty paragraphs, in which  Guy Mokuhō refers to sensations. Here are two examples, which illustrate this perfectly. They appear in the first pages of the booklet 3.

Bringing your awareness to your sensations, following them as they spread out,  and then disappear, is an instruction which allows us to come back into the flow of  life, from moment to moment. The present moment is as it is, neither good nor  bad.

And a little further on:

“The more we become One with sensation, the more we feel life, which  flows in heat, energy,, tension, waves, and the more our field of  consciousness widens until it simply disappears in the sensation of  being, which is not bodily. It isn’t an exercise which we can do just by  personal will. We must let ourselves be. The sensation of being -or to  take up the Buddha’s expression: pure consciousness of the presence of self.”

The more we become One with sensation, the more we feel life, which flows in heat,  energy,, tension, waves, and the more our field of consciousness widens until it  simply disappears in the sensation of being, which is not bodily. It isn’t an exercise which we can do just by personal will. We must let ourselves be. The sensation of  being -or to take up the Buddha’s expression: pure consciousness of the presence of self What is more, coming back to the first quote, reading his kusen allows us to  acknowledge that the present moment can only be pure: nothing is added, and it  can only be felt, so, it cannot be willed.

If I could sum up in one sentence what I felt after reading this collection of kusen, I  would say that knowing that these teachings are available whenever I want to read  them again means that I can ensure a constant source of spiritual nourishment. •

Previous collections

La Présence Silencieuse

Le Chant du Zazen – Livret Kusen de Guy MokuhōLe Chant du Zazen