stay, then quickly leave

 

The soul

must suffer secrets

that cannot be said — public

humiliation, people pointing

with contempt. While you

are a human being,

stay inside this

scorn.

 

Work

there, patiently, with

the others. When you’re

pure spirit, quickly

leave.

 

Rumi

 

fame & fortune are shallow & injurious


 

People yearn 

for fame and fortune, 

but this is like aching to taste the

point of a weapon. These are shallow, 

confusing, empty of virtue — yet 

people become fixed on them 

and lose their way 

forever. 

 

Look closely 

at things that shine 

without substance. Fame 

enflames one’s idea of self and 

separates one from humanity. Touched 

by it, people grasp desperately to 

get and keep it. What is the 

wisdom, though, 

in resisting 

change?

 

Fortune 

is a lover similarly 

impossible to satisfy. 

Constantly demanding energy 

and attention, fencing off people’s 

hearts, it returns less and less to 

the soul. Yet common people 

contort themselves 

into cripples 

chasing

it.

 

See 

the injury 

built into these, 

and let them 

go by.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 32

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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