In any circumstance good or bad, abandon
— Tibetan Scroll
All hope from Buddhas and give up
All fears of suffering in Samsara.
Recognize that hope and fear are the
Magical display of your own mind
Of Primordial Purity.
Remain in the state where there is neither
Perceiver nor object of perception.
Let go into the immaculate space
Of Great Perfection beyond
Meditation or distractive disturbance.
I sit quietly,
— Ryokan (1758-1831)
Listening to the falling leaves.
A lonely hut, a life of renunciation.
The past has faded,
Things are no longer remembered.
My sleeve is wet with tears.
When truly sought
Even the seeker cannot be found.
Thereupon the goal
Of the seeking is attained,
And the end of the search.
At this point there
Is nothing more to be sought,
And no need to seek anything.
Evening mountains veiled in somber mist,
— Ishikawa Jozan (1583-1672)
One path entering the wooded hill:
The monk has gone off, locking his pine door.
From a bamboo pipe a lonely trickle of water flows.
There is no help in changing
— Ramana Maharshi
The obstacle is the mind,
Which must be overcome,
Whether at home or in the forest.
If you can do it in the forest,
Why not in the home?
Therefore, why change the environment?