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Intro to Zen Mind

In stubborn stupidity, I live on alone

 

In stubborn stupidity, I live on alone
befriended by trees and herbs.
Too lazy to learn right from wrong,
I laugh at myself, ignoring others.
Lifting my bony shanks, I cross the stream,
a sack in my hand, blessed by spring weather.

Living thus, I want for nothing,
at peace with all the world.
Your finger points to the moon,
but the finger is blind until the moon appears.
What connection has moon and finger?
Are they separate objects or bound?
This is a question for beginners
wrapped in seas of ignorance.
Yet one who looks beyond metaphor
knows there is no finger; there is no moon.
Ryokan

When someone harms us, they create the cause of their own suffering

 
This is an idea that seems difficult for Westerners to accept: when someone harms us, they create the cause of their own suffering. They do this by strengthening habits that imprison them in a cycle of pain and confusion. It’s not that we are responsible for what someone else does, and certainly not that we should feel guilty. But when they harm us, we unintentionally become the means of their undoing. Had they looked on us with loving-kindness, however, we’d be the cause of their gathering virtue.
What I find helpful in this teaching is that what’s true for them is also true for me. The way I regard those who hurt me today will affect how I experience the world in the future. In any encounter, we have a choice: we can strengthen our resentment or our understanding and empathy. We can widen the gap between ourselves and others or lessen it.
Pema Chödronfrom the book “No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva”
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Any Encounter Offers Us a Choice ~ Pema Chödron
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Men do not live once


Egyptian Book of the Dead

“See, is it not written in this scroll? Read, you who will discover it in future ages. If God has given you the power to read. Read, children of the future, and learn the secrets of the best, which are so distant to you and yet in reality so near.

Men do not live once, in order to vanish forever. They live several lives in different places but not always in this world, and between each life there is a veil of shadows. The doors will finally open and we shall see all the places where our feet have trodden since the dawn of time. Our religion teaches us that we live for eternity. Thus, since eternity has no end, it cannot have a beginning. It is a circle. If, therefore, the one is true, namely that we live eternally, the other must also be true, namely that we have always lived.

In the eyes of men, God has many faces and each swears he has seen the true and only God. Yet is not so, for all oftheses faces are merely the face of God. Our Ka, which is our double, reveals them to us in different ways. By drawing from the bottomless well of wisdom, which is hidden in the essence of every man, we perceive grains of truth, which give those of us with knowledge the power to perform marvelous things.”

Chief scribe of the Pharaoh

 

Don’t argue your path with other people


Don’t argue your path with other people. Walk it.

~The Lazy Yogi

The Path of the Mystic

The solution to problems

 
What problems can there be that the mind did not create?
The solution to problems begins with the cessation
of believing in the content of one’s thoughts.
~ Wu Hsin ~

 

Due to sensuous craving

With many thanks to Tashi at

No More War! | Great Middle Way.

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Verily, due to sensuous craving,

kings fight with kings, princes with princes,

priests with priests, citizens with citizens,

the mother quarrels with the son,

the son quarrels with the father,

brother with brother, brother with sister,

sister with brother, friend with friend.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Majjhima Nikaya

 

If everyone were to follow the advice of the Buddha, there would be no reason for war to take place in this world. It is the duty of every cultured man to find all possible ways and means to settle disputes in a peaceful manner, without declaring war to kill his fellow men.

—Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera

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