teaching cannot be
attained by having ideas
or not having ideas. Only when
the mind of pure practice coincides
with the way will body and mind be calm.
If body and mind are not yet calm, they
will not be at ease. When body and
mind are not at ease, thorns
grow on the path of
pure practice and
the way coincide, how should
we proceed? Proceed with the mind which
neither grasps nor rejects, the mind unconcerned
with name or gain. Do not practice buddha-dharma with the
thought that it is to benefit others…Do not practice buddha-dharma
for your own sake. Do not practice buddha-dharma for name and
gain. Do not practice buddha-dharma to attain blissful reward.
Do not practice buddha-dharma to attain miraculous
effects. Practice buddha-dharma solely for
the sake of buddha-dharma.
This is the way.
is the greatest bliss.
It can be realized only by experience.
Even an emperor is no match
for a man with no
the Way are quiet and
still, within and
Wei wu Wei Ching, Hexagram 61
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We have to
allow ourselves to
realize that we are complete fools;
otherwise, we have nowhere
enough clothes to keep warm.
Eat only enough to stop the hunger-pang.
And as for your mind, let it work to recognize
who you are, and the Absolute, and that
this body will become food for
the forest crows.
It would be
understandable, this week,
if you looked around and decided that
the world as we know it is wholly irredeemable.
It would be understandable if you were tempted to give up hope.
If the present feels too awful to bear, it can be helpful to look to the past
or the future instead. There’s wisdom to be found in history; there’s
hope to be found in the futures that don’t exist, but might
someday. This isn’t a means of escapism, but
a way to find the strength to
move forward together