« Back to Blog

Sever the Edge Between Before and After

Jan 17 2014 | By: Johnson Sensei

​There is a saying, “Sever the edge between before and after.” Not ridding the mind of previous moments, allowing traces of the present mind to remain—both are bad. This means one should cut right through the interval between previous and present. Its significance is in cutting off the edge between before and after, between now and then. It means not detaining the mind. —Takuan Soho, 17th century Zen master

Filed In: Musing