Jan 13 2015

As long as your mind has a block of doubt, even though you fall into the evil worlds, you will eventually attain the Way in a future life if you hold on to the seed.

If you don't ever awaken this mind, how will you discover your fundamental nature? I call it the mind of fearless energy. If you attain it, you will never lose the seed, whatever happens, and you will be free in all your dealings.

When a practitioner who hasn't attained this mind is faced with a life-and-death situation, he will surely lose the seed.

— Shosan
Jan 12 2015

The iris pond has flowered
Before the old temple;
I sell tea this evening
By the water's edge.
It is steeped in the cups
With the moon and stars;
Drink and wake forever
From your worldly sleep.

— Baisao (1675-1763)
Jan 11 2015
In my pot nothing but the wind's deep moan,
For company only a staff of wisteria vine;
Last night we chatted and laughed till all hours
The empty sky listened with a cold heart.
— Muso Soseki (1275–1351)
Jan 09 2015

Dogen:  "What is dropping off body and mind?"

Rujing said:  "Studying Zen is dropping off body and mind. Without depending on the burning of incense, bowing, chanting Buddha's names, repentance, or sutra reading, devote yourself to just sitting."

"Dropping off body and mind is zazen. When you just sit, you are free from the five sense desires and the five hindrances."

— Dogen
Jan 04 2015
Clear dawn enters the ancient temple.
First sun brightens the lofty grove.
Winding paths lead off to secret places.
Ch’an chamber: flowers deep among trees.
In mountain light, singing joy is bird-nature.
Pool shadows: empty, the hearts of men.
All sounds here fall to silence.
All that remains: the bell-stone’s tone.
— Ch’ang Chien (708-765)
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