include everything that 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

 

fighting when a crossroads is at stake


 

Fighting in

your own territory is

home ground. Fighting a short

distance into the adversary’s territory

is easy ground. Fighting when conditions give

an advantage to neither side is contested ground.

Fighting when both sides can move freely is open ground.

Fighting when a crossroads is at stake is intersecting ground.

Fighting deep into the adversary’s territory and holding cities there

is serious ground. Fighting among steeps, forests, marshes, and

bogs is difficult ground. Fighting in gorges with narrow

entrances and difficult exits where a small number of

warriors can crush a large army is surrounded

ground. Fighting when you will die

if you hesitate is desperate

ground.

 

from The Art of War, Chapter XI,
The Nine Fighting Situations

 

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be still and the universe comes to you

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Die 

the great death,

and in the cool ashes of

the funeral pyre you

will meet what

never

dies.

 

How is

this accomplished?

By letting go of thoughts,

sacrificing all sentiment,

abandoning emotion,

ignoring the

senses.

 

Solitary,

transcendent, unseeking,

absorbed in stillness and doing

not-doing, you will find that

the universe comes

to you.

 

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