Living with intentionality from a Zen perspective involves embracing the practice of "Sincere Intention" as a guiding principle in our spiritual journey. Sincere Intention, or Samma Sankappa in Pali, is the second factor of the Noble Eightfold Path in Buddhism. It emphasizes cultivating a mindset of clarity, rooted in compassion, wisdom, and Mindful Presence.
In Zen training and practice, living with intentionality means approaching each moment with unwavering presence and a deep awareness of our thoughts and emotions moving within us, and emerging actions. It involves opening the hand of thought, attached to endless wantings, cravings and desires, and perhaps self-centered motivations, and instead, aligning ourselves with the interconnectedness of all beings and the profound truth of Shōgyōmūjō... continuous or endless transformation.
Through zazen... sitting in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual harmony within our genuine nature... and self-inquiry, we experience the depths of universal consciousness to understand the true nature of our intentions. We can effort to cultivate intentions that are free from selfish desires and instead seek to alleviate suffering and promote the well-being of all sentient beings. This entails embracing loving-kindness, compassion, and the aspiration to fully notice our true nature; that doesn't come and doesn't go, but is always right here and now.
Living with Sincere Intention from a Zen perspective is not limited to formal meditation sessions but extends to every aspect of our daily lives. It involves bringing mindfulness and clarity to our interactions, relationships, work, and daily activities. By doing so, we deepen our connection to the present moment and gain insight into the interconnectedness of all things.
In essence, living with intentionality from a Zen perspective is an ongoing process of self-discovery and transformation. It is a constant reminder to align our intentions with the boundless wisdom and compassion inherent in our true nature. Through this practice, we can cultivate a deep sense of peace, harmony, and liberation, not only for ourselves but for all beings in this vast and interconnected universe.
We all share the same exact Buddha DNA of Universal Loving Presence. That we bring "Intentional Intentionality" to Its expression could be a beautiful thing. That's what the invitation to practice is about.
一We Could Intentionally Live Our Intentions
Calligraphy Note: 意志 | Ishi | Intentionality or Sincere Intention.