Living life fully is like a roller coaster ride. There is a whirling, spinning, fast-paced perceptions, and adventure! If you are tense and holding on tight, resisting each turn, you will feel exhausted and sick at the end. But if you can relax and have faith that the builder of the ride made it for your fun and saftey, then you feel thrilled, energized, and joyful!
– Jeff Houk
I hope you are not going to transform my words into concepts, new concepts that can be stored inside you. I don’t want to give you anything. I only want to dance for you, like the bee. If you see something, you must realize that you yourself have seen it. It is in you, not in my dance. Please go sleep next to a sleeping child. Look at the child. Or go into your yard and sit at the foot of an apple tree. Or go to the kitchen and make yourself a cup of tea. Whatever you do, do it in full attentiveness, in full awareness. Do not lose yourself in forgetfulness. Please don’t think at all about becoming one with the child, the tree, the tea. There is no need to think at all. Taste yourself with the child, taste yourself with the tree, taste yourself with the tea while a smile blossoms on your lips.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The sage enters samadhi,and he or she does not know there is an “outside world” to keep out or an “inside world” to penetrate. The world revels itself, even when the eyes are closed.The world is neither inner nor outer. It is vital and complete in any object of contemplation-the breath, the tip of the nose, a kung-an, or anything else as tiny as a speck of dust or as huge as a mountain. Whatever the object, it is not fragmented from ultimate reality. In fact, it contains the vast totality of reality.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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
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
After meditating for some years,
I began to see the patterns of my own behavior.
As you quiet your mind, you begin to see
the nature of your own resistance more clearly,
struggles, inner dialogues, the way in which
you procrastinate and develop passive resistance against life.
As you cultivate the witness, things change.
You don’t have to change them.
Things just change.
“Whether the body lasts till the end of an eon, or it goes this moment, what difference could it make to you who are pure Consciousness?” (135)