go into the desert at night

 

Do you

imagine the universe

is agitated? Go into the desert

at night and look out at the stars. 

This practice should answer

the question. 

 

The superior

person settles her mind as 

the universe settles the stars in the

sky. By connecting her mind with the 

subtle origin, she calms it. Once

calmed, it naturally expands,

and ultimately her mind

becomes as vast and

immeasurable as

the night

sky.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 5

 

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don’t seek

 

Even

the name of buddhism

is already a dirty spot on our practice.

What is important is not the teaching, but the

character or effort of the student. Even to seek for

enlightenment means your mind is not big

enough. You are not sincere enough

because you have some

purpose in your

study. 

 

Shunryu Suzuki

 

simplify, simplify


 

Calming

your mind, following

your breath, simplifying your life,

you reduce agitation and worry

with each passing

month.

 


When

genuine stillness

pervades your existence,

the subtle universe appears.

Then you can go anywhere you

like and give yourself

just what you

need.
 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 19

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do unto others

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Through

openness and gentleness 

the correct solution is

reached.

 
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

comes.

 

Shunryu Suzuki