Aug 26 2017
Just get to the root, Don’t worry about the branches,
For someday
You will come to have them naturally.
If you have not attained the basis,
Even if you consciously study
You cannot attain the outgrowths either.
— Yangshan (807-883)
Aug 25 2017
How elegant is the morning sun
Shining on the rafters and eaves.
How cool are the terrace and pond after the rain.
I burn incense to break the deep silence,
Drink the spring water and relax in joy.
When the mind is at ease and spirit is at peace,
Understanding is gained.
There is nothing left to comprehend.
Who can say that the realm of Tao is far from us?
How tranquil it is
Like the beginning of Heaven and Earth.
— Ni Tsan (1301-1374)
Aug 24 2017
If you try to grasp Zen in movement,
It goes into stillness.
If you try to grasp Zen in stillness,
It goes into movement.
It is like a fish hidden in a spring,
Drumming up waves
And dancing independently
Movement and stillness are two states.
The Zen master,
Who does not depend on anything,
Makes deliberate use
Of both movement and stillness.
— Linji (d. 867)
Aug 23 2017

When enlightened Zen masters set up teachings for a spiritual path, the only concern is to clarify the mind to arrive at its source. It is complete in everyone, yet people turn away from this basic mind because of their illusions.

— Yuanwu (1063–1135)
Aug 22 2017
Let your love
Flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth,
Its broad extent,
A limitless love,
Without hatred or enmity.
— Sutta Nipata Buddha
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