Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tea and Mindfulness


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When you drink your tea in forgetfulness, life is not there. You are not truly alive because you are not there, you are not mindful, you are not concentrated. That moment is not a moment of practice. A secular moment. But when you begin to hold your tea in mindfulness and concentration, and when you drink your tea in perfect mindfulness and concentration, it looks like you are performing a sacred ritual; and that is already a prayer. When you walk, if you enjoy every step; if every step nourishes you, transforms you, every step is a prayer.

So in the teaching, the practice, the tradition of Buddhism, there is really no distinction between meditation and prayer, because when you are mindful, concentrated, when you have insight, you get in touch with the Buddha land, with the Buddha, with the Sangha. When you really pray, you get in touch with Jesus, with the Kingdom of God, and getting in touch like that has to bring about transformation and healing. When there is mindfulness, concentration and insight, there is no distinction between the one who prays and the one to whom we address our prayer.

That is why the communication is deep, total; and transformation and healing must happen.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Only the free mind…


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Only the free mind knows what Love is.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Song of rice planters


Birth of art –
song of rice planters,
chorus from nowhere

Basho


If you are utterly silent, then everything that happens in that silence, takes a new color. It becomes the birth of very art.

”Song of rice planters, chorus from nowhere.” As far as he is
concerned he is utterly silent, so he wonders from where this chorus is coming. The whole existence has become a chorus, a beautiful symphony.

Our lives can be lived as music, as poetry, as art… as mystics. Those are the right ways to live our lives. Right, because to live those styles, you will have
to find your origin first.

Who knows?


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The Master helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.

Lao Tzu

Until you start to speak


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‘I always think that you are all enlightened, … until you start to speak’.

Suzuki Roshi