look it in the eye



advises you not to implant

feelings that you don’t really have or avoid

feelings that you do have. If you are miserable you

are miserable; that is the reality, that is what is happening,

so confront that. Look it square in the eye without flinching.

When you are having a bad time, examine that experience,

observe it mindfully, study the phenomenon and learn

its mechanics. The way out of a trap is to study the

trap itself, learn how it is built. You do this by

taking the thing apart piece by piece.

The trap can’t trap you if it has

been taken to pieces.

The result is



Henepola Gunaratana


what you should know to be a poet

yuko shimizu 


all you

can know about animals

as persons. the names of trees and flowers

and weeds. the names of stars and the movements

of planets and the moon. your own six senses,

with  a watchful elegant mind. at least

one kind of traditional magic:

divination, astrology, the

book of changes,

the tarot;



the illusory demons

and the illusory shining gods.

kiss the ass of the devil and eat shit;

fuck his horny barbed cock, fuck

the hag, and all the celestial

angels and maidens

perfum’d and



& then

love the human:

wives husbands and friends

children’s games, comic books, bubble-gum,

the weirdness of television and advertising.

work long, dry hours of dull work

swallowed and accepted and

lived with and finally

lovd. exhaustion, 




the wild

freedom of the dance, extasy

silent solitary illumination, entasy

real danger. gambles and

the edge of



Gary Snyder


simplify, simplify



your mind, following

your breath, simplifying your life,

you reduce agitation and worry

with each passing




genuine stillness

pervades your existence,

the subtle universe appears.

Then you can go anywhere you

like and give yourself

just what you


Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 19

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do unto others




openness and gentleness 

the correct solution is


Arriving at the correct solution to a difficult situation requires a receptivity to inner truth. Unless we are willing to put aside the strong emotions of our egos and devote ourselves to discovering what is right, there can be no hope of progress at this time. Help only comes when we invite it with a sincere and innocent attitude.

The I Ching teaches a simple but effective method of influencing difficult people and arduous situations. It advises us first to lay aside our prejudices – our feelings of being wounded, angry, or in the right – and second to seek to understand the positions of others and the lesson that the Sage is teaching us with the situation. Even when another is truly out of line, it is only be accepting this and remaining balanced that you make it possible for positive change to occur. Gentleness and understanding create in others an unconscious willingness to be led.

The superior person therefore avoids the use of anger and force in trying times, knowing that they only prolong conflict. It is far wiser to accept that each experience we have is necessary for us to learn something about ourselves and about the higher laws of life. The greatest openings come when we meet difficulty with acceptance, gentleness, and a desire to understand the lesson underneath.

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 61 / Chung Fu (Inner Truth)


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it doesn’t matter what comes


We say

to practice zazen

without any gaining idea,

without any purpose. Let things

work as they do, supporting everything

as your own. Real practice has orientation or

direction, but it has no purpose or gaining idea,

so  it can include everything that comes. Whether

it is good or bad doesn’t matter. If something

bad comes: “Okay, you are a part of me;”

and if something good comes, “Oh,

okay.” Because we don’t have

any special goal or purpose

of practice, it doesn’t

matter what



Shunryu Suzuki