Monthly Archives: June 2013

Freshness & Beauty


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Have you been able to preserve your freshness and beauty for yourself and for the other person?

Thich Nhat Hanh

Attached to any Zen master’s speech ?


Any kind of speech coming from the Zen master doesn’t matter. You must digest the Zen master’s speech and from moment to moment make it correct. Make it YOURS. That is wisdom. But it is very important that you not let yourself become attached to any Zen master’s speech.

– Seung Sahn

Share a bowl of tea


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Guest and host both joined as one, share a bowl of tea. In tranquil meditation, no margin divides their hearts. The tea garden is a way apart from this bustling world and its many cares. Why not sweep away the dust from within our hearts?

Does not ask…


cloudsutras

THOUGH IT HAS NO BRIDGE,
THE CLOUD CLIMBS UP TO HEAVEN;
IT DOES NOT ASK AID
OF GAUTAMA’S SUTRAS.

Ikkyu

Samskara or Formation


The word “formation” (samskara in Sanskrit) means something that manifests when many conditions come together.

When we look at a flower, we can recognize many of the elements that have come together to make the flower manifest in that form. We know that without the rain there can be no water and the flower cannot manifest. And we see that sunshine is also there.

The earth, the compost, the gardner, time, space and many elements came together to help this flower manifest. The flower doesn’t have a separate existence; its a formation.

Using the word “formation” reminds us that there is no separate core of existence in them. There is only a coming together of many, many conditions for something to manifest.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Let Tea


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Let Tea
Let tea drink you,
Let tea experience you
Let tea taste you, savor you, ponder you
Sit in tea’s belly, laughing softly
Soak into tea’s leaves and veins
Let your nature meet tea’s nature
Tea will breathe you and sigh,
And you will become something else.

Old Po