"We are free, every one of us. We are born free, and the bondage, restrictions, edges and limits that we find in our life are self-created by our mind. Beside the Law of the Land and Morality there are fundamentally no edges, no boundaries. Zen practice is an experience which has nothing to do with believing. Zen practitioners are not believers per se since there is nothing to understand but everything to experience day by day.
Understanding from our analytic mind implies a separation between the knower and the thing that the knower knows. In Zen such separation does not exist since Zen is a direct and intimate mindfulness experience with our body, mind and surroundings moment to moment with a non judgmental attitude.
Only you have the power to make yourself free and this is a big difference from other religions. Only the one sitting in front of this screen and reading these words has the key to open the door."
Adapted from : Mountain record of Zen talks by John Daido Lori.
Ven. Ji Gong Sunim.