nameless names

July 8, 2010

One who gives rise to the awakened mind should know that what is called a self or person, a living being or a life span, is not so in essence but only in concept. That self, person, living being, or life span are names only. You should know that all things of the world are like this, and you should have confidence in their essence without names.

– Diamond Sutra

It puzzles people at first, to see how little the able leader actually does, and yet how much gets done. But, the leader knows that is how things work. After all, Tao does nothing at all, yet everything gets done. When the leader gets too busy, the time has come to return to selfless silence. Selflessness gives one center. Center creates order. When there is order, there is little to do.

– John Heider, The Tao of Leadership

cool mountain rain

July 4, 2010

Rinsed by the rain,
The front garden is clean,
And the corridor in which the wind
Passes is a cool as autumn.
The mountain green, sound of water
Pines dancing in the wind-
What could disturb my mind?

– Wonkam Chungji (1226-1292)

just breathe

July 2, 2010

Through clarifying our minds we can abandon our delusions and enlighten ourselves. Realizing we are a part of the whole universe, not separate, our minds become as clear as crystal, and all the dharma is revealed.

So, let us see clearly; let us put all the past aside and go deeply into this, moment after moment. How do we do it? Just by our own natural breathing.

– Maurine Stuart

alone and together

June 30, 2010

Being alone means you are established firmly in the here and the now and you become aware of what is happening in the present moment. You use your mindfulness to become aware of every feeling, every perception you have.

You’re aware of what’s happening around you in the sangha, but you’re always with yourself, you don’t lose yourself. That’s the Buddha’s definition of the ideal practice of solitude: not to be caught in the past or carried away by the future, but always to be here, body and mind united, aware of what is happening in the present moment. That is real solitude.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

uniquely one

June 30, 2010

Sitting before the silent, burning incense
I watch the moss thicken on the stone bridge.
Don’t ask me why.
I’ve been out of step with the world since my youth.

– Wonkam Chungji (1226-1292)

natural beauty

June 27, 2010

I transplant pine seedlings in the rain
And close bamboo doors, shrouded by clouds.
Mountain flowers are better than
Embroidered curtains.
The pine trees in the yard
Replace silk cloths.

– Wonkam Chungji (1226-1292)

for the love of bamboo

June 26, 2010

I love the bamboo tree:
It staves off heat and cold,
Cultivates unbending fidelity;
Empties its mind every day.
In the moonlight it plays with its shadow
And sends clean words before the wind.
When it wears snow on its head,
Grace fills the deep forest.

– Jinkag Haesim (1178-1234)

If you know what you are, how you exist, how your mind works and how attachment causes desire and ignorance to rise; if you can comprehend these things, you have the understanding and the insight into everything which can bring you happiness.

From the smallest of annoyances to the largest of tragedies, you no longer need to be trapped by fear or anger. You have the key to freedom and it is all within you; right here, right now. You are IT.

– Scott Kinnaird

one mind

June 23, 2010

The fundamental teaching of Buddhism is nothing but the doctrine of One Mind. This Mind is originally perfect and vastly illuminating. It is clear and pure, containing nothing, not even a fine dust. There is neither delusion nor enlightenment, neither birth nor death, neither saints nor sinners. Sentient beings and Buddhas are of the same fundamental nature. There are no two natures to distinguish them. This is why Bodhidharma came from the west to teach the Ch’an method of “direct pointing” to the original true Mind.

– Han-Shan Te-Ch’ing (1586)