Need fire? Best strike a flint. Water? Dig a well.
Zen Master Dae Kwang
Teacher of related teachings
Buddhism has a very radical teaching: there's no process, there's only this moment. You're always in the moment, but you think you aren't. That's all. Tell me the truth, does anybody ever have the past? If you can bring me even one molecule of it, you'll win the Nobel Prize in physics.
Buddha taught that the reason we suffer is because we don’t know what we really are—we’re ignorant of our true nature (another name for Zen mind). We are attached to our thinking. If we can just let go of our mistaken idea then we can return to what we already were, our Buddha nature.
Many people who heard what the Buddha said thinks its a good idea. And if you are like me or like them you probably spent some time studying what the Buddha said. You might even understand what it says when you read it. Unfortunately that isn’t going to help you.