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Shunryu Suzuki: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is a book of teachings by the late Shunryu Suzuki, a compilation of talks given to his satellite Zen center in Los Altos, California. Published in 1970 by Weatherhill, the book is not academic. These are frank and direct transcriptions of Suzuki’s talks recorded by his student Marian Derby. Trudy Dixon and Richard Baker (Baker was Suzuki’s successor) edited the talks by choosing those most relevant, arranging them into chapters. According to some, it has become a spiritual classic, helping readers to steer clear from the trappings of intellectualism.

▶ Shunryu Suzuki: Beginner’s Mind – YouTube.

Communing in sameness

Constantly be aware,
Without stopping.
When the aware mind is present,
It senses the formlessness of things.
Constantly see your body as empty
And quiet, inside and outside
Communing in sameness.
Tao-hsin (580-651) via https://www.dailyzen.com/
~ artist: Yoshida Hiroshi

— with Ling Melody, Luna Estela, Moon Haneul and Alfonso Aldunate Salazar.

Source: (1) Zen, Tao, Chan

The secret to happiness?

Source: Tao & Zen

How To Reduce Stress

Source: How To Reduce Stress | Great Middle Way

greatmiddleway.wordpress.com

estrés-emprendedorStress that is not properly managed and resolved leads to tension, stiffness, detectable pain, or emptiness, and ensuing:

  • Contraction of the affected energy meridians, with consequent expansion in others through compensation.
  • Deranged circulation (excessive, deficient, or unsuitable) of vital force to the main energy centers.
  • Derangement of the power of transformation.
  • Derangement of the power of resistance and resiliency.
  • Functional and structural disorders.

Please observe all your activities, with special attention to sensory input (thinking, hearing, touching, seeing, tasting, and smelling), and consider which can be:

  • AVOIDED – stressors that can be eliminated entirely
  • ALTERED – stressors that can be adjusted in frequency, duration, volume, location, etc
  • ADAPTED – stressors to which we can oppose strategies to increase resilience
  • ACCEPTED – stressors which cannot be avoided, altered, or adapted, but toward which we can change our attitude, thus reducing ensuing stress

Chinese Music Guqin Wang Fei (8 min)

Sacred versus profane

If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion.

~ Chan Master Lin-chi 9.c. photo by Don Hong-Oai

Source: Zen, Tao, Chan

The Physics of The Quest


“In the end, I’ve come to believe that there exists in the Universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” — a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be withheld from you..”

― Elizabeth Gilbert,
Eat, Pray, Love

Source: (1) Tao & Zen

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