Zazen is intimacy. This is not an intimacy between you and others, between you and the universe. Zazen is intimacy; zazen is our life that is the universe. Not seeing this clearly is a problem that stems from the ordinary understanding of intimacy, whereby intimacy becomes another aspect of dualistic self-centeredness. We feel intimate with another in a relationship as long as they fit our expectations, as long as the experience is what I want.
Clarifying intimacy is tied to clarifying commitment…. Whether it is commitment to practice or to a relationship, true commitment grows out of who we truly are, and true commitment manifests who we are.
Everything is the Way by Elihu Genmyo Smith