I stood in my front yard in the bright, illuminating sunlight. Out on the road, a few feet away, two cars passed, followed by a loud motorcycle. I watched the procession and realized, “I accept things exactly as they are.” No judging the noisy motorcycle. No judging anything. No judging. No separating myself from the truth of the moment.
Seeing things exactly as they are, and accepting things exactly as they are bring wisdom to our practice. Prajna, the Sanskrit word for wisdom literally means “supreme understanding” and also “springing up,” as a spontaneous knowing, as with intuition.
As I stood in my front yard, I knew that I am connected to everything around me. I do not separate myself from the truth of the moment because I judge something to be bothersome and annoying. This acceptance and tolerance in our Zen practice offers forth great compassion.
As the Hsing Hsing Ming says, “The burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness. What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations?”