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Intro to Zen Mind

Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge

Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from your views in order to be open to receive other’s viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Enlightenment is our natural condition

 “Enlightenment is our natural condition, which we as Spirit might occasionally “set aside” in order to occupy various beings such as humans, partaking of their experiences, and gathering information in the process. We like to do this because we are energetic emanations or expressions of Source…
All sense of dualism and separation is really more like a creative play of Source Consciousness, a game of infinite mirrors, all reflecting the Light back to Itself. Despite the endless dramas that may transpire, no independently existing person is ever implicated. Upon directly recognizing this, consciousness falls back into its Source, or in a manner of speaking, Awareness wakes up to Itself.”
~Bob O’Hearn Time is On My Side – The Conscious Process

We see waves coming and going, arising and passing


When we learn to move beyond mistaken concepts and see clearly, we no longer solidify reality. We see waves coming and going, arising and passing. We see that life, composed of this mind and body, is in a state of continual, constant transformation and flux. There is always the possibility of radical change. Every moment – not just poetically or figuratively, but literally – every moment we are dying and being reborn, we and all of life.

~ Sharon Salzberg ~

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You don’t force things because you want to achieve something


“For the bodhisattva, the practitioner who puts others before him or herself, working with others is a natural process, an absolutely spontaneous process. You are working along with situations as things happen. You don’t force things because you want to achieve something. It is like the natural growth of plants, If there’s enough rain and sunshine, the plants will grow; if there isn’t, the plants won’t grow. It’s as natural a process as that.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Water has no shape

“Water has no shape, its nature is to flow. If you put it into a vase it will take the shape of the vase. In this cup, it has assumed the shape of the cup. If poured into my cupped hands it will take the shape of the hands. But water has no shape. It is the same with the consciousness, which is subtler than water. It similarly has no form, but it assumes the form of whatever concept it is poured into or identifies with, but it will never be the form. It remains ever its formless nature.”

~ Mooji

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