you are already realized

the very best man I e’er did know

 

You are

already realized.

It is critical to understand this.

Enlightenment is less a matter of charging

forward to achieve something, and more

one of doing not-doing — of leaning

slightly back and silently

accepting its constant

presence.

 

Once you have

done this, go on practicing.

Without straining, continually pour the

emptiness of your being into the

emptiness of existence, and

drink what comes back:

emptiness.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 17

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that’s my life and the world owes me nothing

 

Yes, I am

truly a dunce. Living

among the trees and plants,

don’t question me about illusion and

enlightenment. This old fellow just likes to smile to

himself. I wade across streams with bony legs,

and I carry a bag about in fine spring

weather. That’s my life, and

the world owes me

nothing.

 

Ryokan

 

first find peace within


 

If there

is peace in your mind

you will find peace with everybody.

If your mind is agitated you will find agitation

everywhere. So first find peace within and you will

see this inner peace reflected everywhere else.

You are this peace! You are happiness,

find out. Where else will you

find peace if not

within

you?

 

Papaji