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.
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March 7, 2014 4 Comments
The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.
– Alan Watts
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March 2, 2014 2 Comments
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.
Snow covered park, 12/16/2013.
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
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December 12, 2013 8 Comments
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
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November 27, 2013 7 Comments
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
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November 27, 2013 2 Comments
Worrying is worthless. When you stop focusing on what has already happened and what may never happen, then you’ll be in the present moment. Then you’ll begin to experience joy in life. — Brian Weiss
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November 23, 2013
A mind that is fast is sick.
A mind that is slow is sound.
A mind that is still is divine.
– Eknath Easwaran
Meditation is a time to focus, train the mind, and bring it to stillness. It is not a time to rest and relax. — Darren Main
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November 23, 2013 1 Comment
Trying my hand doing black and white. A photo of a lonely intersection by bare trees, and a fence. To me, its Zen!
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November 21, 2013 2 Comments
Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
– Shunryu Suzuki
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November 17, 2013 2 Comments
Meditation is not about finding the self–quite the contrary: it is about finding one’s way beyond the self. Meditation is also not about ‘explaining the mind’. It is instead about clearing away clutter created by the mind. — David M. White
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November 13, 2013 2 Comments
A conversation is so much more than words: a conversation is eyes, smiles, the silences between the words. — Annika Thor
A wonderful sunny and cool day. Its a Zen like day.
But opinions, judgements, memories, dreaming about the future–ninety percent of the thoughts spinning around in our heads have no essential reality. — Charlotte J. Beck
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November 10, 2013
To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is. — Thich Nhat Hanh
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November 9, 2013 2 Comments
We may believe that we know what another person is thinking, but most often our efforts at ‘mind reading’ are projections of our own inner, self-centered concerns.
– Susan Edmiston, Leonard Scheff
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November 9, 2013 2 Comments
I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of ‘thinking’ and ‘enjoying’ what they call ‘living’, I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds.
– Jack Kerouac
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November 9, 2013 9 Comments
Right speech is to speak truthfully, being loyal to the truth when speaking with others, not creating harm or speaking cruelly, not exaggerating or embellishing, and speaking in a way that relieves suffering and brings people back to themselves. — Marc Lesser
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November 8, 2013
If you can do something about it, then why get upset? If you can’t do anything about it, then why bother getting upset. — Lama Christie McNally
We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only still water that we can see.
– Zen Saying
It’s better to be doing nothing than to be busy doing nothing. — Zen Saying