Here’s a talk I recorded about the Three Essentials with some verses from the text Mirror of Zen.

The actual verse is here. I paraphrased it in the podcast, rather than reciting the whole thing:

“You should hold the practice with total determination, like a hen nesting on her brood, like a cat hunting a mouse, like a hungry man thinking of food, like a thirsty man thinking of water, and like a child longing for its mother. Only if you practice this kind of mind are you sure to penetrate great doubt.”

We have to be diligent. Those who only practice a little are not likely to get very far. We have to be determined to get on the cushion and to stay there.

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