The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Zen/Tao quotes

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Nature always finds a way. πŸŒ±πŸŒΏπŸƒ

Here’s my favorite Zen-Tao quotes:

We sit together,
the mountain & I,
… until only the
mountain remains.
— Li Po

You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest, and I smile. I am silent. Even my soul remains quiet, for it lives in the other world which no-one owns.
The peach-trees blossom.
The river flows.
— Li Po

Zen Mind,
Beginner’s Mind,
The Uncarved Block.
— Shunryu Suzuki

“Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.”
— Ryokan

“The reality of a room is to be found in the vacant empty space enclosed by the roof and the walls; not in the roof and the walls themselves.”
— Okakura Kakuzo
— “The Book of Tea”

“To study the Way, is to study the Self. To study the Self, is to forget the Self. To forget the Self, is to be actualized by infinite myriad things, when your body and mind, as well as the bodies and minds of others, drop away completely. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.”
— Dōgen

The moon illuminates
a thousand peaks with
the brilliance of daylight.
The sound of the bell
falls on my pillow
of old friend’s poems.
In my thin monk’s robes,
unafraid of the frost’s
bitter cold harshness,
I rise, and roll up
the thin window blinds,
and I sit alone in the
depths of the night.
— Tesshu Tokusai (1366)

“I sit before flowers, hoping they will train me in the art of opening up. I stand on mountain tops, believing that avalanches will teach me to let go. I know nothing, but I am here to learn.”
— Shane Koyczan

Legend tells that one day Brahman, lord of all creation, offered the Buddha a flower, and asked him to preach the Dharma message. When the Buddha held up the flower, his audience was puzzled… except for Kashyapa, who smiled. This is how Zazen began. And this is how it was transmitted: with a flower, with a rock, or with a shout.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but just to add color to my sunset sky.”
— Rabindranath Tagore

“Wherever you are, you are one with the trees, and one with the clouds, and one with the Sun and Moon, and one with the stars you see at night. You are one with everything. This is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear.”
— Shunryu Suzuki

β€” feeling hopeful with Amanda Kay Herd, Brenna Collins, Sido Lanters III and 13 others.


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