Like the empty sky it has no boundaries,
Yet it is right in this place, ever profound and clear.
When you seek to know it, you cannot see it.
You cannot take hold of it,
But you cannot lose it.
In not being able to get it, you get it.
When you are silent, it speaks;
When you speak, it is silent.
The great gate is wide open to bestow alms,
And no crowd is blocking the way.
- Cheng-tao Ke, translated by Alan Watts in The Way of Zen
"I think all the time about the medical industry's emphasis on longevity. It's a substitution of quantity for any idea of completeness or wholeness or any sense of real fulfillment or real worth, so that you prolong life past the time where it's worth living ..." - Wendell Berry
to your health
and asks you
can lead to
as death, which
is very bad
as it removes
of big pharma
If you wish to know the truth, then hold to no opinions for or against anything. -- from Hsin Hsin Ming Verses on the Faith Mind By Sengtsan, third Chinese patriarch, died 606 AD Translation by Dr. Richard Clarke
the questioner asks:
"why is this happening?
why isn't something better happening?
why am i stuck with this?
why don't i have something better than this?"
Wayne says: "the answer to why is because."
the questioner yells
"you're talking nonsense!
you're not logical!
why do people like you
We should always live in the dark empty sky. The sky is always the sky. Even though clouds and lightning come, the sky is not disturbed. Even if the flashing of enlightenment comes, our practice forgets all about it. Then it is ready for another enlightenment. - Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"
enlightenment is impermanent
like everything loved & hated
like everything in the world
if you think you are enlightened
go spend a week with your family
as Ram Dass famously suggested
if you think you've achieved enlightenment
don't try to hold onto the feeling
it will slip away like soap in a shower
if you find an enlightened teacher
leave an apple on the desk
then find the nearest exit
if enlightenment is your goal
then loss of enlightenment
will be your achievement