1. Samsara

     

  2. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft starlight at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

     

  3. "

    After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

    And you begin to learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security.

    And you learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises.

    And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult not the grief of a child.

    And you learn to built all your roads on today because tomorrow’s road is too uncertain for plans.

    After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.

    So plant your own garden, and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

    And you learn that you really can endure… you really are strong.

    And you really do have worth.

    And you learn, and you learn…
    with every goodbye,

    You Learn…

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  4. "Before one studies Zen, mountains are mountains and waters are waters; after a first glimpse into the truth of Zen, mountains are no longer mountains and waters are no longer waters; after enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and waters once again waters."
    — ~ Zen Master Ch’ing-yüan Wei-hsin
     
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    “Then he paused for a second and he said, ‘Yeah, but sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and you’re gone,’” Isaacson said.

    “He paused again, and he said: And that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices.”

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    — Steve Jobs
     

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    Our master’s method of instruction was entirely different from that of ordinary instructors of learning. He would not explain any problem to the learner, but simply help him to get enlightened by putting him an abrupt but telling question. Shang Kwang, for instance, said to Bodhidharma, perhaps with a sigh: “I have no peace of mind. Might I ask you, sir, to pacify my mind?”

    "Bring out your mind (that troubles you so much)," replied the master, "here before me! I shall pacify it."

    "It is impossible for me," said the disciple, after a little consideration, "to seek out my mind (that troubles me so much)."

    "Then," exclaimed Bodhidharma, "I have pacified your mind." Hereon Shang Kwang was instantly Enlightened.

     

  11. "In, out.
    Deep, slow.
    Calm, ease.
    Smile, release.
    Present moment.
    Wonderful moment."
     

  12. "Think neither of good nor of evil (make your mind pure from all idle thoughts), then see how is, Hwui Ming, your original (mental) physiognomy!"
     

  13. "Our master’s method of instruction was entirely different from that of ordinary instructors of learning. He would not explain any problem to the learner, but simply help him to get enlightened by putting him an abrupt but telling question. Shang Kwang, for instance, said to Bodhidharma, perhaps with a sigh: “I have no peace of mind. Might I ask you, sir, to pacify my mind?” “Bring out your mind (that troubles you so much),” replied the master, “here before me! I shall pacify it.” “It is impossible for me,” said the disciple, after a little consideration, “to seek out my mind (that troubles me so much).” “Then,” exclaimed Bodhidharma, “I have pacified your mind.” Hereon Shang Kwang was instantly Enlightened."
     

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    ZAZEN MEDITATION GUIDE - Chapter 2. Purposes in Zazen

    In case you really think you are an awakened one, test yourself with these questions:

    Master Yueh of Toushuai set up three barriers to question students:

    Crossing rivers and passing through mountains to learn and search out the hidden, is only for seeing into the own-nature. Right now, where is your own nature?

    Only when you know your own-nature then you can be freed from birth and death. When you are dying„ how will you be free?

    When you are freed from birth and death, then you will know where you are from and going to. When the four elements [which composed your body] disintegrate, where do you go?

    Your answers should come out directly and spontaneously from your kensho and need the approval of a real Zen teacher. If not so, you need to put yourself into zazen practice until you are able to do so. Sit yourself like the Buddha did for six years long in the forests and 49 days and nights under the Sala tree at Bodh-gaya. Sit yourself like Bodhidharma did facing to the blue rock-wall for nine years long at the Shao-lin Monastery in Sung-shan Mountain in China.

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  15. Bill Burr on Steve Jobs