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If you

are trying to attain

enlightenment, you are creating

and being driven by karma, and you are

wasting your time on your black cushion.

The most important things in our practice are

our physical posture and our way of breathing.

We are not so concerned about a deep understanding

of Buddhism. As a philosophy, Buddhism is a very deep,

wide, and firm system of thought, but zen is not concerned

about philosophical understanding. We emphasize practice.

We should understand why our physical posture and

breathing exercise are so important. Instead of

having a deep understanding of the teaching,

we need a strong confidence in our teaching,

which says that originally we have

Buddha nature. Our practice

is based on this

faith.

 

Shunryu Suzuki

 

Hexagram 55: FÊNG /

ABUNDANCE

 

In

the search 

for enlightenment, 

there is an ever-present 

certainty that there is more to do, 

someone else who holds the 

secret, another state to 

attain.

 

In the 

finding of it, 

there is the comical

revelation that not one

of those things was 

ever true.

 

小畜

Hexagram 9: HSIAO CH’U /

THE TAMING POWER OF THE SMALL

 

The

best effort 

one can make is the 

gentlest effort: wei wu wei. 

Quietly, persistently direct the 

mind toward emptiness. When 

all thoughts and ideas have 

dissipated, then make no 

further effort. Just 

breathe. 

 

This

is the only

practice required of a 

human, the best one, the one 

that perfectly purifies

our lives.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching

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awaken, blaze, light the world

meditation

 

The

desire to go

home that is a desire to

be whole, to know where you are,

to be the point of intersection of all the lines

drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker

and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken

from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal,

to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness

and blaze with light, to cease to

speak and be perfectly

understood.

 

Rebecca Solnit

 

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How

can you help but 

grow wise with such teachings  

as these – the untrimmable light of

the world, the ocean’s shine,

the prayers that are

made out of

grass?

 

Mary Oliver

 

i ching hexagram 48: return to the well of goodness

 

No community can survive without a dependable source of pure water. In a similar way, human beings cannot survive without a reliable source of spiritual nourishment. In fact, we need two wells: an external source of guidance, such as the I Ching, and an internal source of guidance, which must be our own good character. This hexagram comes to encourage you to concentrate on developing, purifying, and utilizing your two “wells.”

Notice the name of this hexagram: “Ching/The Well.” The I Ching has survived in countless civilizations for thousands of years for a simple reason: it is an inexhaustible source of spiritual nourishment. It provides us with the fundamental building blocks of a successful life. If you approach it sincerely, without mistrust or frivolity, it will guide you through every difficult hour with unimpeachable wisdom. If you muddy the well, however, by doubting the I Ching or by placing your ego desires above the counsel it gives you, you impede your own progress.

The purest of external wells, the I Ching is also an invaluable aid in developing and cleansing the internal well of your own good character. It will, if you are sincere, reveal to you the fundamental issues of your life, and it will instill in you the values necessary to successfully negotiate those issues.

The hexagram Ching comes to encourage you not to muddy the well of your good character in any way now. In relating to others, look beyond any external faults of “muddiness” and acknowledge the clear well that exists somewhere inside them. No person is without this, and by speaking to it you strengthen it. If you will follow these counsels, you will meet with a true and lasting success in life.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 48, Ching / The Well

 

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no separation

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Those

who wish to

embody the Tao

should embrace all things.

To embrace all things means first

that one holds no anger or resistance

toward any idea or thing, living or

dead, formed or formless.

Acceptance is the very

essence of the

Tao.

 

To embrace

all things means also

that one rids oneself of any

concept of separation; male and

female, self and other, life and

death. Division is contrary

to the nature of

the Tao.

 

Foregoing

antagonism and

separation, one enters into

the harmonious oneness

of all things.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 3

 

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dwell in quiet acceptance

 

Enlightenment

comes only when you

accept everything that is —

without resistance, without quarrel,

in complete stillness. This is the only,

the simplest, the necessary ground

of being for complete

realization.

 

The opportunity

to dwell in quiet acceptance

exists in every moment—sitting, bathing,

cleaning, cooking, working, wherever.

When that moment passes,

it is present in the next.

Just embrace

it.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 2

 

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