Zentaku

Why are we not like that wise old owl?

Buddhist of the Kwan Um School.
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Random thought, but you know what adults never said to me enough, or at all, growing up? They never told me it gets better. That life starts being a little sweeter, if you put in the effort and time. And, even if you procrastinate, the universe seems to be understanding, or at least the people in it. Life doesn’t necessarily get easier, but it doesn’t so much become more difficult. It seems to only become a bit more complex. I could be wrong on that part, I have another good twenty years until I really know which turns out to be true.

They don’t tell you that you keep winging it, and you just get better and better at winging it. Sure, some things we do really are “adult” things, but all I see anymore is a bunch of 16 year olds inside older bodies.

They tell you to work hard and get an education and get a good job, but I never heard follow your passion, or what’s your passion, or what do you want to do? I mean, I’m always asked what I am going to do for a job, but I’m never asked what I want to be. I want to be a teacher for now, and maybe even a minister, but what I really want to be is a Dharma Bum. A real one, sitting under a bunch of bodhi trees, distributing compassion and bodhicitta to the masses while I am on my way to San Francisco.

I was never told to keep on finding a reason to smile. Sure, I’m always warned about other people and the dangers and worries of the outside world, but I was never told to find a reason to laugh, or look at the sunset or sunrise.

I was never told that grades don’t matter, that there is more to living than getting a good job and finding security. Then again, the adults in your life can’t tell you what to look for, or always tell you in the right way. Everyone is still finding their path in life, whether that person be 16 or 76. Everyone is on a different journey, but some people opt out of that wonderful journey. They get the grades, the job, the house, the family, etc. And that’s all well and good, but are you doing it for you or because some adult somewhere once told you that’s the way things are supposed to operate?

I wasn’t told a lot of things. No one is. Maybe that’s for the best. Maybe we should leave our kids alone and see if they can figure it out themselves. Then again, having some clarification would have helped from time to time.

You know what I was told? I was told, when I was ready to go up to bat, to hit the ball as hard as I could. To play the game, have fun, but still try my best to kick ass. During the dog days of summer, a bunch of kids with no talent would play baseball, and our parents would work at the concession stand, or sit on the bleachers while reading the newspaper when things got boring. However, that admonishing, to hit the ball as hard as I can, still sticks with me.

So we may not always have been told about everything we need to know, but many of us were always told to hit the ball as hard as we could.

So hit the ball out of the park. Spread some bodhicitta while you’re at it.

Namaste,

Zentaku

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
Kofi Annan

Fullmetal Alchemist Kanzenban Covers

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The bodhisattva aspiration is an everyday matter—everyday both in the sense of needing to be renewed as each day passes, and in the sense of applying to simple tasks, to ordinary actions motivated by a longing to reduce the difficulty and increase the happiness of those with whom we share our lives.

No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the story is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.

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I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

Kiki in the sky - Kiki’s Delivery Service

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You can’t know your real self as long as you deceive yourself.
Bodhidharma

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My favorites movies by Wes Anderson.

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The Art of Spirited Away

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What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone,
in the forest at night, cherished by this
wonderful, unintelligible,
perfectly innocent speech,
the most comforting speech in the world,
the talk that rain makes by itself all over the ridges,
and the talk of the watercourses everywhere in the hollows!
Nobody started it, nobody is going to stop it.
It will talk as long as it wants, this rain.
As long as it talks I am going to listen.
Thomas Merton

The Most Beautiful Trees In The World

  1. Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon. Photo: Unknown
  2. Red maples trees path. Photo: Ildiko Neer
  3. Most beautiful wisteria tree in the world. Photo: Brian Young
  4. Yellow autumn in Central Park, New York. Photo: Christopher Schoenbohm
  5. Amazing Angel Oak Tree, Charlston, Photo by Mark Requidan.
  6. Cherry blossom tree path, Germany. Photo: Shoeven
  7. California in autumn. Photo: Mizzy Pacheco
  8. Jacaranda trees in bloom, South Africa. Photo: Falke
  9. Ponthus beech tree in Brocéliande forest, France. Photo: Christophe Kiciak
  10. Beautiful cherry blossom road. Photo: Unknown

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Blissful is solitude
for one who’s content,
who has heard the Dharma,
who sees.
Blissful is non-affliction
with regard for the world,
restraint for living beings.
Blissful is dispassion
with regard for the world,
the overcoming of sensuality.
But the subduing of the conceit “I am” -
That is truly the ultimate bliss.
Buddha, Muccalinda Sutta