Aug 21 2017
Talking about Zen
all the time
is like looking
for fish tracks
in a dry riverbed.
— Wuzu (1024-1104)
Aug 20 2017
The wind sings in the tall pines,
The evening rain falls lightly,
The east hermitage half obscured,
The west hermitage closed.
I’ve traveled all day in the mountains
Without meeting a soul,
Pungent and permeating,
The wild plums fill our sleeves with fragrance,
The mountain monks laugh
At my fondness for this unsullied landscape.
They are weary of the deep mountains
They are unable to leave.
— Su Shih (1073)
Aug 19 2017

I am asked to expound the supreme vehicle of Zen, but if it is the supreme vehicle, even the sages stand aside, buddhas, and Zen masters disappear. Why? Because you are all the same as the buddhas of old.  But can you really believe and trust this? If you really can, let us all disband and go our separate ways. If you don't leave, I'll go on fooling you.

— Yangqi (1025–1072)
Aug 18 2017
Only when the mind
Is settled can it become quiet.
Only when the mind
Is quiet can it become still.
Only when the mind
Is still can it see.
And only when the mind can see,
Can it reach the mystery of mysteries.
This is the process
That anyone who
Practices has to go through.
How long it takes
Is up to the individual.
— Yen-ch’eng
Aug 17 2017

Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe out and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe in and bring the cosmos back inside. Next, breathe up all the fecundity and vibrancy of the earth. Finally, blend the breath of heaven and the breath of earth with that of your own, becoming the Breath of Life itself.

— Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969)
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