Time of photo: 7:40 PM.
Zhuangzi 369 BC – 286 BC
It’s early Saturday evening, and in an hour, the sun will be setting at 8:24 PM. Have the windows open, the baseball game is on the TV, and the best part is, the numerous birds all happy and chipper as they are tweeting away in one massive chorus. Sitting here listening to the birds, they are saying that there is still a lot to like about the earth, that we all call home. With a touch of Zen, life is grand.
Each night the Tree of Nut out of naught knits neat nuts.
563 BC – 483 BC
When you get there, there isn’t any there there.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
One day a student asked Taiga, “What is the most difficult
part of painting?” Taiga answered, “The part of the paper
where nothing is painted is the most difficult.”
Let the mind be like the lake that reflects all of
the clouds passing over it without any sticking to it.
When you try to stay on the surface of the water,
you sink; but when you try to sink, you float.
So an ancient once said, “Accept the anxieties and difficulties of this life”. Don’t expect your practice to be clear of obstacles. Without hindrances the mind that seeks enlightenment may be burnt out. So an ancient once said, “Attain deliverance in disturbances”.
– Kyong Ho
Zen says everything is divine so how can anything be special?
All is special. Nothing is non-special so nothing can be special.
Only one thing is certain — that is, nothing is certain.
If this statement is true, it is also false.
– Ancient Paradox
Not to be bound by rules, but to be creating one’s own rules–this
is the kind of life which Zen is trying to have us live.
– D. T. Suzuki
Two monks were arguing about the temple flag in the wind. One said, “The flag moves.” The other said, “The wind moves.” They argued back and forth but could not agree. Hui-neng, the sixth Patriarch, said: “Gentlemen! It is not the flag that moves. It is not the wind that moves. It is your mind that moves.” The two monks were struck with awe.
The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.
– Alan Watts
All that is great cannot be possessed – and that is one of
the most foolish things man goes on doing. We want to possess.
A life of peace, purity, and refinement
leads to a calm and untroubled old age.
In any given moment the answer to your problem is
staring you in the face – if only you can see it.
— Heather Jansch
You cannot travel the path
until you have become the path.
On my daily walk this morning, I decided to cut through the local park, as the walking was kind of on the treacherous side. Lots of icy spots. I only took this one photo, and it does have a Zen look to it.
He knows not where he’s going,
For the ocean will decide,
Its not the destination,
It’s the glory of the ride.
–Edward Monkton, Zen dog
The only Zen you can find on
the tops of mountains is
the Zen you bring up there.
– Robert M. Pirsig
The human being is constantly is torn from calm and peace of simple existence by two things; wanting what you don’t have, or disliking what you have. — Paul Fleischman
There comes a time in life when you walk away from all the drama, and the people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living.
— Unknown author