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Gems of Wisdom – Zen Tradition

Think about death and impermanence for a long time

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Think about death and impermanence for a long time.

Once you are certain that you are going to die, you will no longer find it hard to put aside harmful actions, nor difficult to do what is right.

After that, meditate for a long time on love and compassion.

Once love fills your heart you will no longer find it hard to act for the benefit of others.

Then meditate for a long time on emptiness, the natural state of all phenomena. Once you fully understand emptiness, you will no longer find it hard to dispel all your delusions.

~ Geshe Potowa

Life exists only at this very moment

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“It has been said that the highest wisdom lies in detachment, or, in the words of Chung-Tzu, ‘The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror; it grasps nothing; it refuses nothing; it receives, but does not keep.’

Detachment means to have neither regrets for the past nor fears for the future; to let life take its course without attempting to interfere with its movement and change, neither trying to prolong the stay of something pleasant nor to hasten the departure of things unpleasant. To do this is to move in time with life, to be in perfect accord with its changing music, and this is called Enlightenment.

In short, it is to be detached from both the past and future and to live in the eternal Now. For in truth neither past nor future have any existence apart from this Now; by themselves they are illusions. Life exists only at this very moment…

You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal Now; but you cannot be, for you are life and exist Now—otherwise you would not be here. Hence the infinite Tao is something which you can neither escape by flight nor catch by pursuit; there is no coming toward it or going away from it; it is, and you are it. So become what you are.”

~Alan Watts~

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Vivian Correia

The road is the goal

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Once you realize that the road is the goal, and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple. In itself an ecstasy.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj ~

Let go of the battle

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Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting.
~Jack Kornfield

Death is certain

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Death is certain, but when it will arrive is not. One thing that’s for sure is that we are not going to live for one hundred years. One hundred years from now, pretty much everybody alive today will be dead. It is very important to remember impermanence. The Kadampa geshes used to remember impermanence all the time in order to avoid seeking the comfort of the temporal life. They felt that if they didn’t bring it to mind in the morning they were in danger of wasting the entire afternoon, and if they didn’t bring it to mind in the afternoon they were in danger of wasting the whole night. By constantly keeping impermanence in mind, they were able to prevent the meaningless thought seeking only the comfort of this life from arising.– Khunu Rinpoche

Everything you do is Zen

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Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.

On understanding

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If you understand, things are just as they are.
if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

Maria Jones

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