Category Archives: zen

How Mindfulness Quiets the Mind

“Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free. You’ll transform everything. And you’ll be at peace wherever you are.” ~Bodhidharma   “In making yourself quiet, you have to be quiet on all fronts — quiet in your … Continue reading

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Omotenashi – The Japanese Spirit of Giving

“Translated simply, Omotenashi means the Japanese way of treating a guest. It blends a welcoming spirit with warmth, understanding, and above all respect. From the perspective of a host, this is the rendering of service without expectation of favor or … Continue reading

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Happiness Cannot Be Pursued

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda For over 200 years “the pursuit of happiness” has been thought of as a self-evident truth and human … Continue reading

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Tao of the Jewish Buddha

“Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this and attaining Enlightenment  will be the least of your problems.”   Let your mind be as a floating cloud. Let your stillness be as the wooded glen. And sit up straight. … Continue reading

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Verses on Faith in Mind – Seng-ts’an

“The Great Way is not difficult for those not attached to preferences. When neither like nor dislike arises, all is clear and undisguised. If you wish to know the truth, then hold to no opinions for or against anything. To … Continue reading

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” ~Shunryu Suzuki     In Japanese 無 (mu) … Continue reading

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Buddhist Anarchism – Gary Snyder, 1961

“Institutional Buddhism has been conspicuously ready to accept or ignore the inequalities and tyrannies of whatever political system it found itself under. This can be death to Buddhism, because it is death to any meaningful function of compassion. Wisdom without … Continue reading

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