Archive for the ‘Zen’ Category

Teach us to sit still and not sit still

February 11, 2019

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If you seek, how is that different from pursuing sound and form?
If you don’t seek, how are you different from earth, wood or stone?
You must seek without seeking.
~Wu-Men

“The truth is just like this.”

January 20, 2019

“He remembered waking once on such a night to the clatter of crabs in the pan where he’d left steakbones from the night before. Faint deep coals of driftwood fire pulsing in the onshore wind. Lying under such a myriad of stars. The sea’s black horizon. He rose and walked out and stood barefoot in the sand and watched the pale surf appear all down the shore and roll and crash and darken again. When he went back to the fire he knelt and smoothed her hair as she slept and he said if he were God he would have made the world just so and no different.”

~Cormac McCarthy, from The Road

Here Today

October 5, 2017

Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.

~Buddha

Zen Love

September 18, 2017

One evening, after a Dharma talk at the Cambridge Zen Center, a student asked Seung Sahn Soen-sa, “What is love?”

Soen-sa said, “I ask you: what is love?”

The student was silent.

Soen-sa said, “This is love.”

The student was still silent.

“Soen-sa said, “You ask me, I ask you. This is love.”

“If you awaken from this illusion…”

August 8, 2016

“So in this idea, then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality,
the deep down basic whatever there is—and you are all that.
Only you’re pretending you’re not.”
~Alan Watts

Life as Koan

March 8, 2015

It’s only confusing
if you try to figure it out.

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February 10, 2015

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Pluck It

January 30, 2015

“A man walking across a field encountered a tiger.  He fled, the tiger chasing after him.  Coming to a cliff, he caught hold of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge.  The tiger sniffed at him from above.  Terrified, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger had come, waiting to eat him.  Two mice, one white and one black, little by little began to gnaw away at the vine.  The man saw a luscious strawberry near him.  Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.  How sweet it tasted!”

~Zen parable

Tick (Boom) Tock

September 7, 2014

“Quiet minds can’t be perplexed or frightened,
but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace,
like a clock during a thunderstorm.”

~Robert Louis Stevenson

Circus Act

July 21, 2014

Leap,
and the net will appear.

~John Burroughs


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