this very life itself is the buddha dharma



reminds me of

another statement Dogen Zenji

made when he returned from China,

‘I have returned empty-handed, without the

smallest bit of Buddha Dharma.’ ‘Empty-handed.’

When you’ve got nothing in your hands, they are free

to be used in the best way. And, ‘without the smallest

bit of Buddha Dharma.’ In other words, everything

is the Buddha Dharma. It’s not a matter of

having it or not. This very life, as it is,

is nothing but the Buddha

Dharma itself.


Taizan Maezumi Roshi


hexagram 24 ☯️ a time of darkness comes to a close


this hexagram is a sign

that you have reached a turning point.

This moment is akin to the winter solstice: the

greatest adversity is past, and the light is beginning

to return. Nonetheless, one cannot force the

completion of the change, and it is wise

to rest. Act only when you can move

gently and innocently, and all

will be well.


Fu also comes

as a reminder to return

to the light in yourself. Growth is only

possible when we relinquish the expressions of

the ego: pride, impatience, anger, and desire.

To act forcefully or ambitiously

now will only generate



Let things

develop naturally, in their

own way. Simply observe and accept

changes as you observe and accept the rising

of the sun. Allow yourself to rest and gather strength

for a time of growth ahead. By holding to modesty,

gentleness, and correct conduct, you prepare

the ground for a fruitful blossoming

when the light fully



from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 24, Fu / Return


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cast off everything and be empty and ordinary

When bodhisattvas who live a householder’s life cultivate the practices of home-leavers, it is like a lotus blooming in fire. It will always be hard to tame the will for fame and rank and power and position, not to mention all the myriad starting points of vexation and turmoil associated with the burning house of worldly existence. The only way is for you yourself to realize your fundamental, real, wondrous wholeness and reach the stage of great calm and stability and rest.

It would be best if you managed to cast off everything and be empty and ordinary. Thoroughly experience the absence of conditioned mind, and observe that all phenomena are like dreams and magical illusions. Be empty all the way through, and continue on clearing out your mind according to the time and the situation. Then you will have the same correct foundation as all the great enlightened laymen in buddhist tradition.

According to your own measure of power, you will transform those not yet enlightened so you can enter together into the uncontrived, uncluttered ocean of true nature. Then your life here on this earth will not be a loss.



take the world into your arms


When it’s over,

I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my

life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find

myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply

having visited this



Mary Oliver


rope a dope

3 ali foreman


can camouflage

a powerful intent. Timidity

can conceal iron will.

Fragility can mask




the superior warrior

lures and deceives, falls back

and then surges, drawing the opponent

this way and that into the path of his

strikes. His emphasis is not on the

effect of one movement, but

rather the weight of his




uses his soldiers

like a multitude of arrows

and stones, sometimes keeping

them still, sometimes releasing them

in a terrible storm, like boulders

hurtling down a steep mountain.

This is the way to shape

energy in war.


from The Art of War, Chapter V


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