The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step


Zen Garden

Zen Garden – YouTube.


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Intro to Zen Mind

There is no emotion that you cannot be rid of

“There is no emotion that you cannot be rid of, because emotions are simply thoughts, and thoughts are just like the wind moving through the empty sky. There is nothing to them.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche



The Paradox of Inherent Perfection


“The late great Sage Ramana Maharshi proclaimed that the final truth consists of the fact that there is no path, nor any such thing as progress. In other words, Reality is not some sort of attainment to be gained by a progression from state to state.

There is no final, triumphant union to be attained, because there never was any separation from the no-beginning. There is simply the unfathomable expanse of spontaneous presence, pure unborn awareness, regardless of any intermittent mental content which might appear in that sphere of being.

Recognizing the empty nature of both the dreaming as well as the dreamer is considered by the sages to be liberation, though paradoxically, there is nobody being freed or bound. There is simply awakening to that which has always been the case, even as we daydreamed.”

Tao & Zen

The Paradox of Inherent Perfection…/the-paradox-of…/

The unchanging self

“When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine many things with a confused mind, you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. But when you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that there is nothing that has unchanging self.”

What is karma?

Buddha Nature ☮ Wisdom of the Dharma (8:04)

▶ Buddha Nature ☮ Wisdom of the Dharma – YouTube.

“The most important thing is to find out what is the most important thing.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki.

This music is “Feeling the River Flow” by Dean Evenson. Principal photography with wisdom quotes courtesy of Bob O’Hearn, from his website:

“Saints and ordinary folks are the same from the start. Inquiring about a difference is like asking to borrow string when you’ve got a good strong rope. Every Dharma is known in the heart.”
~Hsu Yun

“When we practice zazen [meditation], all that exists is the movement of the breathing, but we are aware of this movement. You should not be absent-minded. But to be aware of the movement does not mean to be aware of your small self, but rather of your universal nature, or Buddha nature. This kind of awareness is very important, because we are usually so one-sided. Our usual understanding of life is dualistic: you and I, this and that, good and bad. But actually these discriminations are themselves the awareness of the universal existence. “You” means to be aware of the universe in the form of you, and “I” means to be aware of it in the form of I. You and I are just swinging doors..”
~Shunryu Suzuki

“Even when the light begins to dawn in zazen, we don’t get attached to that either. If you start to see what the world is really made up of, if it comes apart in tiny glowing, luminous pieces for you, don’t be attached to that either. It’s important to just keep walking. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in the way–if you’re at the beginning or far along– the instructions are the same: Keep walking with an open heart while the wonder comes over you.”
~John Tarrant

Zen is not a particular state

Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated. In Zazen neither intention, analysis, specific effort nor imagination take place. It’s enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance — embracing all opposites.


Embracing all Opposites ~ Deshimaru


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