Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest.

– Dogen

tao art

May 14, 2010

When rain-washed coils of mountain
Appear in the sky
A refreshing wind sweeps away
The fog and clouds.
Where did you acquire the mastery
Of Yongmyon
To paint exquisite beauty
Beyond human art?

– Jaewol Kyunghun (1542-1632)

big mind

May 7, 2010

Deaf, he hears his own nature.
Blind, he sees his Original Mind.
The empty, clear moon
In the water rises
Where heart and mind are forgotten.

– Jungkwan Ilson (1533-1608)

Gratitude, the simple and profound feeling of being thankful, is the foundation of all generosity.  I am generous when I believe that right now, right here, in this form and this place, I am myself being given what I need.  Generosity requires that we relinquish something, and this is impossible if we are not glad for what we have.  Otherwise the giving hand closes into a fist and won’t let go.

– Sallie Jiko Tisdale, from “As if There is Nothing to Lose”

rain or sun
cool or warm
the rhythm of the ocean
and the smell of the pines
make leaving this place a solemn event.

east meets west
material rises to the spiritual
ultimately falling short.

one is recollected in time
and reality is contained in the now.
make your home your resort and
repose is wherever you are.

– dsk

equanimity

April 23, 2010

Spiritual practitioners thrive in unpredictable conditions, testing and refining the inner qualities of heart and mind. Every situation becomes an opportunity to abandon judgment and opinions and to simply give complete attention to what is. Situations of inconvenience are terrific areas to discover, test, or develop your equanimity.

How gracefully can you compromise in a negotiation? Does your mind remain balanced when you have to drive around the block three times to find a parking space? Are you at ease waiting for a flight that is six hours delayed? These inconveniences are opportunities to develop equanimity. Rather than shift the blame onto an institution, system, or person, one can develop the capacity to opt to rest within the experience of inconvenience.

– Shaila Catherine, from “Equanimity in Every Bite”

orange

April 23, 2010

There is an old Zen saying that you can try to explain to someone how an orange tastes, but how can you describe it, really?  Until you’ve tasted an orange, you have no way of truly knowing.  And once you’ve tasted one, what is there to say?

– unknown