The happiness of the drop is to die in the river. – Al Ghazali
Someone asked, “What am I?”
Guangfan answered, “There is nothing in the whole universe that is not you.”
– Zen mondo
A consciousness that conceives of inherent existence does not have a valid foundation. A wise consciousness, grounded in reality, understands that living beings and other phenomena- minds , bodies, buildings, and so forth- do not inherently exist. This is the wisdom of emptiness. Understanding reality exactly opposite to the misconception of inherent existence, wisdom gradually overcomes ignorance.
– Dalai Lama
A monk asked Pai-chang,
“What is a matter of special wonder?”
Pai-chang said, “Sitting alone at Ta Hsiung Peak.”
– Zen Mondo
A bush warbler-
and of a hundred men
not one knows it’s there.
The days grow long, the mountains beautiful.
The south wind blows over blossoming meadows.
Newly arrived swallows dart over streaming marshes.
Ducks in pairs drowse on the warm sand.
– Tu Fu
Paradise is where I am. – Voltaire
A billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that will be,
when the stars are dead.
– Rainer Maria Rilke
No one can live your life except you.
No one can live my life except me.
You are responsible. I am responsible.
But what is our life? What is our death?
– Maezumi Roshi
To sit without emotion, hope, or aim,
In the loved presence of my cottage-fire,
And listen to the flapping of the flame,
Or kettle whispering its faint undersong.
– William Wordsworth
As he listened,
The eavesdrops entered him.
Months pass, days pile up,
like one intoxicated dream-
An old man sighs.
All heaven and earth have worked out this single buttercup:
Surely it will go on
Age after age.
– Japanese Zen Folk Saying
A raindrop becomes ocean
when it falls into the sea.
Thus does the soul become divine
on seeing its divinity.
– Franck from the Zen of Seeing
Happiness not in another place
but in this place…
not for another hour,
but for this hour….
– Walt Whitman
Its crazy in this passing world
for a lender to feel he has lent
or a borrower to feel he has borrowed.
– Japanese Zen saying
The perfect way out:
Theres no past/present/future,
Dawn after dawn, the sun!
Night after night, the moon!
“Wind Among the Pines”
The wind blows hard among the pines
Toward the beginning
of an endless past.
Listen: you’ve heard everything.
– Sinkichi Takahashi
The mountain slopes crawl with lumberjacks,
Axing everything in sight-
Yet crimson flowers
Burn along the stream.
Does one really have to fret about enlightenment?
No matter what road I travel I’m going home.
With one foot on the brick step,
The All burst in my head.
I had a good laugh by the box tree
Moon in the bluest sky.
From the start theres no Life and Death,
yet I’ve gained the leaving/staying mind.
In the next life I’ll probably return.
Wish I could let them listen to the sound of falling snow
At midnight in the old temple of Shinoda Forest.
Art is frozen Zen – R.H. Blyth
Be master of yourself
All you do
– Zen saying