The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step


Zen Garden

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Intro to Zen Mind

The origin of thought

 When we concentrate our attention on the origin of thought,
the thought process itself comes to an end.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj ~

Let the mind become still

Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind become still. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the Source. Returning to the Source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
~Lao Tsu
Tao Te Ching, Verse 16

Plot twist

Waldo finds himself

Original mind

“The original mind is not created and is imperishable. Earth, water, fire and wind are temporarily lodging for the night. If one is truly natural and innocently spontaneous, the original mind will appear. When you are abiding in the original mind, this is meditation.”
~ Bankei

Mindfulness in Plain English


“Learning to look at each second as if it were the first and only second in the universe is essential in vipassana meditation. Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don’t have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity. “Discipline” is a difficult word for most of us. It conjures up images of somebody standing over you with a stick, telling you that you’re wrong. But self-discipline is different. It’s the skill of seeing through the hollow shouting of your own impulses and piercing their secret.They have no power over you. It’s all a show, a deception. Your urges scream and bluster at you; they cajole; they coax; they threaten; but they really carry no stick at all. You give in out of habit. You give in because you never really bother to look beyond the threat. It is all empty back there.Somewhere in this process you will come face-to-face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy. Your mind is a shrieking gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell-mell down the hill utterly out of control and hopeless.

No problem. You are not crazier than you were yesterday. It has always been this way and you just never noticed. You are also no crazier than everybody else around you. The only real difference is that you have confronted the situation they have not.

There is only one way to learn this lesson, though. These words won’t do it. But look within and watch the stuff coming up-restlessness, anxiety, impatience, pain-just watch it come up and don’t get involved. Much to your surprise, it will simply go away.

It rises, it passes away. As simple as that. There is another word for self-discipline. It is patience.”

~Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Mindfulness in Plain English

Dear Master, I seek enlightenment

A student seeking enlightenment came to the master and said,

“Dear Master, I seek enlightenment. Please tell me where I may find it.”

The Master replied,

“Do you hear the babbling brook?”

The student nodded, and the master replied,

“Enter there.”

~ A Zen Story ~

Sojourners Path


You are that

The world is a collection of objects.
That which perceives the objects
cannot itself be an object.
You are That.
~ Wu Hsin ~

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