Aug 11 2017

The mind of people of the Way is straightforward and unartificial, neither ignoring nor inclining, with no deceptive errant mind; at all times their perception is normal. There are no further details. Also, don't shut the eyes and ears; as long as feelings don't stick to things, that is enough.

— Guishan (771-853)
Aug 10 2017
Many paths lead from
The foot of the mountain,
But at the peak
We all gaze at the
Single bright moon.
— Ikkyu (1394-1481)
Aug 09 2017


The truly still mind, with which you were born, is the mind that moves freely. Without ignoring anything, it reacts wholeheartedly to everything it encounters, to everything on which it reflects. And yet, for all that, it is the mind that is never seized by anything, but is always ready to react on the spot to whatever it encounters next. The mind that is still is the mind that never forfeits its freedom and is able to constantly keep rolling and rolling and rolling.



— Soko Marinaga Roshi (1925-1995)
Aug 08 2017
All Buddhas and ordinary people
are just one mind.
This mind is beyond
All measurements, names, oppositions:
this very being is it;
As soon as you stir your mind
You turn away from it.
— Huang po (d 850)
Aug 07 2017
The way of transcending the world
Exists in passing the world right through.
It is not necessarily in severing ties
With others and fleeing the world altogether.
The means of understanding one’s mind
Exist in using the mind completely.
It is not necessarily in cutting off from desires
And turning the mind to ashes.
— Hung Ying-ming
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