Sunday, October 05, 2014

Zen - concentration on our usual everyday routine

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.

• In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.

Preparing food is not just about yourself and others. It is about everything!

• The world is its own magic.

• When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.

• Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.

• Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.

• Our tendency is to be interested in something that is growing in the garden, not in the bare soil itself. But if you want to have a good harvest, the most important thing is to make the soil rich and cultivate it well.

Take care of things, and they will take care of you.

Life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact, we have no fear of death anymore, nor actual difficulty in our life.

• As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw.

• Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink.

Shunryū Suzuki

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