2 queries regarding calmness in meditation please:
1. How important is it to have calmness in meditation with the goal to have insights developed in meditation, which can then lead to awakening? In my meditation, there is no calmness, rather I try to just observe what is coming into my mind and when I get entangled in thoughts, then I try to become aware of my breath.
2. From zazen perspective, how important is calmness – because as per Fukanzazengi, after giving physical sitting posture details, Dogen just says to think not-thinking. So I think there is no reference of calmness there – so the zazen which Dogen is referring to does not need to have calmness in it – can it be just the sitting and observing what is going on? If this is the case, then where are we headed to or what will be get finally after many sittings – because in each sitting it will be just sit and just observe what is occurring – so where would that thing which we call enlightenment happen in zazen?
So please suggest your views on the above queries. Thanks.