Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated. In Zazen neither intention, analysis, specific effort nor imagination take place. It’s enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance — embracing all opposites.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always.
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
Our wisdom is all mixed up with what we call our neurosis. Our brilliance, our juiciness, our spiciness, is all mixed up with our craziness and our confusion, and therefore it doesn’t do any good to try to get rid of our so-called negative aspects, because in that process we also get rid of our basic wonderfulness. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves.
Death and life are looked on
As but transformations;
The myriad creation is all of a kind,
There is a kinship through all.
Huai Nan Tzu
My life’s grown from old roots on Cold Mountain,
On the stone cliffs, perched, heart breathing free.
At the end no mere image ever leaves scars:
I’m settled in to watch this universe flow by.
Time’s light and shadows arise, a flutter of brilliance,
shining where my heart dwells.
Being, and nothingness, one dharma before me.
The tool I use shines from the Pearl of Wisdom.
When you know the use of the method
that is no method at all, then every single place
He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Through the rise and fall of empires, through the creation of vast bodies of symbols that give shape to our dreams; through the forging of magic keys with which to unlock the mysteries of creation; through it all we are marching from epoch to epoch towards the fullest realization of our soul.