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Concept of “I”

Just as it is known,
That an image of one’s face is seen,
Depending on a mirror.
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What is Meditation

To Meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To Meditate means to observe.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Why Fear

From what is Loved, Grief is born,

from what is Loved, Fear is born. Read More

Spoken Words

Speak only the speech
that neither torments yourself
Nor does harm to others. Read More

Autumn Leaf

Now it reveals its hidden side
and now the other—thus it falls,
an autumn leaf.

– Ryokan, Japanese Zen Master

A Ship in the Harbor

A Ship in the Harbor is safe, but that is not what Ships are for

I considered this quote for a moment.

A ship is built to sail the seas. To live through the corrosive power of the sea water. To brave the high-winds. To be lost, sometimes.

To rejoice, when spotting the guide light from the light house.

Struggles. Risk. Fatigue.

Can the Ship avoid all this? Read More

Leave No Trace

The migrating bird
leaves no trace behind
and does not need a guide.

– Eihei Dogen

A Beginner’s Mind

Our ‘original mind’ includes everything within itself. It is always rich and sufficient within itself. You should not lose your self-sufficient state of mind. This doesn’t mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind.

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

Enlightenment

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.

Although its light is wide and great,
The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.

The whole moon and the entire sky
Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

– Master Dogen

Wake Up

Once it happened that a layman was following Buddha on his footsteps. To the layman, the foot steps of the Buddha looked unusual. They were not looking like those of ordinary human beings. There were special marks in the foot prints. He got curious and wanted to find out who this person really was.

Knowing this Buddha sat under a tree and waited for the layman to join him. Read More