In India, monkey-hunters hollow out a hole in a coconut and put sweet candies inside. The hole is jut big enough for the monkey to squeeze his empty hand into, but not big enough to get a fistful of candies out. Then they stake the coconut into the ground. The monkeys find it and reach in to get the candy, but then the are stuck. They have only two choices: hang on to the candy and be captured, or “let go and be free”. Time and time again- even though they never get to eat it anyway- the monkeys refuse to let go of their attachment to the candy, to the illusion of how good it would taste, and so they always get caught.
How many times in our daily lives do we do the same? Our whole purpose of practicing zazen (Zen meditation) is nothing more than learning this “letting go”. What prevents us from attaining this state of bliss are our attachments to greed, anger, and ignorance. And ignorance is the grandaddy. What is ignorance? It is our delusional mind. The mind of separation. Make Buddha’s teachings simple for yourself. Take the seat of the Buddha and experience IT directly!