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Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peel

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

A walk with a two-year-old is very Zen; it is not about the end but the jou

A walk with a two-year-old is very Zen; it is not about the end but the journey. He needs to pet the dog someone is walking; to roll down the slight incline to the church basement, and then roll again, and again, and again; to remind me of the place where
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

These are some of the characteristics of the state of mind which the creati

These are some of the characteristics of the state of mind which the creation and appreciation of haiku demand: Selflessness, Loneliness, Grateful Acceptance, Wordlessness, Non-intellectuality, Contradictoriness, Humor, Freedom, Non-morality, Simplicity,
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

This, then, is what counts: a lightning reaction which has no further need

This, then, is what counts: a lightning reaction which has no further need of conscious observation. In this respect at least the pupil makes himself independent of all conscious purpose.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Think of the jazz improv artist responding to the musical banter among her

Think of the jazz improv artist responding to the musical banter among her fellow players onstage. Aside from whatever training they've done in advance, as soon as the curtain opens, they move into unknown territory together, creating something new each t
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thus we see that the all important thing is not killing or giving life, dri

Thus we see that the all important thing is not killing or giving life, drinking or not drinking, living in the town or the country, being unlucky or lucky, winning or losing. It is how we win, how we lose, how we live or die, finally, how we choose.
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Can we cut the Zen crap for a moment?" I ask. "I'm trying to beat this bag

Can we cut the Zen crap for a moment?" I ask. "I'm trying to beat this bag to a pulp.
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Sing before the spirits and dance with the earth deitiesAnd you will be abl

Sing before the spirits and dance with the earth deitiesAnd you will be able to compose your own tune.Then you and I, united, will clap hands joyously,Singing 'tum-tiddly-um tum-tiddly-um-tum.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Umasi kept walking, out of sight and into the glittering night. Meahwhile,

Umasi kept walking, out of sight and into the glittering night. Meahwhile, Zen lay alone, defeated on the cold ground, knowing that he had truly been left behind. Then the memories returned, and for the first time in his life, he cried.
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

You have described only too well," replied the Master, "where the difficult

You have described only too well," replied the Master, "where the difficulty lies...The right shot at the right moment does not come because you do not let go of yourself. You...brace yourself for failure. So long as that is so, you have no choice but to
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The right art," cried the Master, "is purposeless, aimless! The more obstin

The right art," cried the Master, "is purposeless, aimless! The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. What stands in your way
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The sun shines, snow falls, mountains rise and valleys sink, night deepens

The sun shines, snow falls, mountains rise and valleys sink, night deepens and pales into day, but it is only very seldom that we attend to such things. . . . When we are grasping the inexpressible meaning of these things, this is life, this is living. To
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