The above points are the key elements to make us experience the real Zen taste. Sometimes, we think we stay with Zen if there’s temporary peace and ease. We can say that the Zen practice can bring temporary peace and ease, but it doesn’t mean Zen is equal to “temporary peace and ease”. Zen is the way to read the essence of mind and phenomena, which will bring the “eternal peace and ease” - where the affliction and suffering will not rise any more. Sometimes, we may not feel peace and ease during Zen practice, that’s the transition we have to experience on the way to deeper enlightenment.
“Directness” means to be aware of the happening of now directly, not depend on memory, imagination, narration of another person or habitual inertia. We should be sure that we see, listen, smell, taste, touch, feel and think by ourselves objectively, we concentrate on “it is what it is “ rather than “it is what we think or feel” .
“Clearness” means to be aware of the happening of now clearly, just like you look at yourself in a flat, clean mirror, so that you can see your image clearly without distortion or attachment. When our concentration stays with calm and ease, the mind can reflect the phenomena more clearly. But we should avoid the sleepy calm and ease, which has lost the clear concentration!
“The moment of now” means to keep direct, clear awareness at “the moment of now”, not the past or the future. The past has disappeared and can’t “face” you directly and clearly, the past is like a past dream, it can’t present the truth of reality. The future is not coming yet, we can’t observe the future, the imagination of the future can only bring the delusion, not the truth of fact. So the Zen masters always say: “Zen is always at the moment of now. ”
For all these key elements, the precondition is to keep awareness. The more continuity and patience on awareness, the more subtle truth of manifestation you can read, and the deeper peace and ease will emerge sooner or later beyond your expectation…