Calm in quietude is not real calm

Calm in quietude is not real calm. When you can be calm in the midst of activity, this is the true state of nature. Happiness in comfort is not real happiness. When you can be happy in the midst of hardship, then you see the true potential of the mind.

Our life is shaped by our mind

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.

Clear mind is like the full moon

Clear mind is like the full moon in the sky. Sometimes clouds come and cover it, but the moon is always behind them. Clouds go away, then the moon shines brightly. So don’t worry about clear mind: it is always there. When thinking comes, behind it is clear mind. When thinking goes, there is only clear mind. Thinking comes and goes, comes and goes, You must not be attached to the coming or the going.

Externally keep yourself away from all relationships

Externally keep yourself away from all relationships, and internally have no paintings in your heart. When your mind is like unto a straight-standing wall, you may enter into the path.

I’d like to offer something to help

I’d like to offer something to help you but in the zen school we don’t have a single thing!

If you cannot find the truth

If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

A flower falls even though we love it

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.

If you walk, just walk

If you walk, just walk. If you sit, just sit; but whatever you do, don’t wobble.

I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment

I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called supreme enlightenment.

Walking is Zen

Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen.