The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step


The immutable truth

If enlightenment comes first, before thinking, before practice, your thinking and your practice will not be self-centered. By enlightenment I mean believing in nothing, believing in something which has no form or no color, which is ready to take form or color. This enlightenment is the immutable truth. It is on this original truth that our activity, our thinking, and our practice should be based.

– Shunryu Suzuki

from the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”

With thanks to Gems of Wisdom – Zen Tradition


Life just is

Life on the practical level does not contain any subtle philosophy or subtle mystical experience. It just is. If we are able to see that isness, so to speak, then there is a sense of realization. We experience sudden enlightenment. Without a sense of hopelessness, there is no way to give birth to sudden enlightenment. Only giving up our projects brings about the ultimate, definite, positive state of being, which is the realization that we are already enlightened beings here and now.

– Chögyam Trungpa

from the book “Crazy Wisdom”

The shortest path of realization

The literal meaning of guru yoga is ‘union with the teacher´s nature’. To blend your mind with the teacher’s mind is the most profound of all practices, and the shortest path of realization. It is the life force of the path and the one practice that includes all others. It was through relying on a spiritual teacher that all the bodhisattvas of the past generated the mind of enlightenment and reached perfection.

– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones”

Enlightenment means to lose everything

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The Kwan Um School of Zen

There are no enlightened people

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Gems of Wisdom – Zen Tradition

Right there is enlightenment

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You might think you could practice zazen much better if you had no problem, but actually some problem is necessary. It doesn’t have to be a big one. Through the difficulty you have you can practice zazen. This is an especially meaningful point, which is why Dogen Zenji says, “Practice and enlightenment are one.” Practice is something you do consciously, something you do with effort. There! Right there is enlightenment.– Shunryu Suzuki

from the book “Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen”

Like reflections of the moon

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Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

– Dogen Zenji

from the book “Dokusan With Dogen: Timeless Lessons in Negotiating the Way”

Enlightened activity only

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Trying to find enlightenment is like trying to grab space

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Trying to find a Buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space. Space has a name but no form. It’s not something you can pick up or put down. And you certainly can’t grab it. Beyond this mind you’ll never see a Buddha. The Buddha is a product of your mind. Why look for a Buddha beyond this mind?

– Bodhidharma

Nothing Else
July 19, 2018

Related imageThere is a simple way to become awakened:

if you refrain from unwholesome actions,

are not attached to birth and death,

and are compassionate toward all sentient beings,

respectful to seniors and kind to juniors,

not discarding nor desiring anything,

with no designing thoughts or worries,

you will become a Buddha. Do not seek anything else.

―Dōgen Zenji