In spring, hundreds of flowers; in autumn,
a harvest moon;
In summer, a refreshing breeze; in winter,
snow will accompany you.
If useless things do not hang in your mind,
Any season is a good season for you.
Ekai, called Mu-mon
All sentient beings are essentially Buddhas.
As with water and ice, there is no ice without water;
apart from sentient beings, there are no Buddhas.
Not knowing how close the truth is,
we seek it far away
- what a pity!
- Hakuin Ekaku Zenji
The Tao doesn't take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn't take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.
The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.
Hold on to the centre.
~ Lao Tzu "Tao Te Ching"
People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something - always, in a word, seeking. But the wise wake up. They choose reason over custom. They fix their minds on the sublime and let their bodies change with the seasons. All phenomena are empty. They contain nothing worth desiring. Calamity forever alternates with Prosperity. To dwell in the three realms is to dwell in a burning house. To have a body is to suffer. Does anyone with a body know peace? Those who understand this detach themselves from all that exists and stop imagining or seeking anything. The sutras say, "To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss." When you seek nothing, you're on the Path.
It makes no sense!
to get entangled again
after so much time!
In the air,
the dangling end
of a broken
Stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop away and your original face will appear. If you want to attain just this, immediately practice just this.
- Master Dogen
From 'Recommending Zazen to all people'
When I'm at peace I let everything go
I wake by the east window long after sunrise
viewed without passion everything is fine
seasonal glories hold true for man
the Tao fills the world the formed the formless
our thoughts are in the ever-changing wind and clouds
not troubled by wealth content in poverty
the person who reaches this is truly noble
- Ch'eng Hao
Because one believes in oneself, one does not try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one does not need other's approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
- Lao Tzu
Greed, anger, ignorance: drink deep
these poisoned wines and lie
drunk and in darkness, unknowing...
Make riches your dream: your dream's
a cage of gold. Bitterness is cause of bitterness,
give it up, or dwell within that dream.
You better wake up soon, wake up
and go home.
- Shih Te