Dharma with a Zen tone

Troubled and confused is life in the three worlds
It’s not just the way things are today
Things have always been like this
Because you fail to realise the truth
You spend a lifetime chasing about
Reading the Buddhist scriptures, you become
caught up in names and forms
and never return
Practicing Zen, you become attached to nirvana
and end up being mired there
It reminds me of Master Tung-shan’s apt words:
“The moment you set foot outside the gate
Grasses are sprouting everywhere”

–Ryokanzen garden 12sep14

Categories: Attachment, Buddhist Quote, Everyday Zen, Nirvana, Wisdom | Tags: , ,

Everything he does is worship

Surrendering all thoughts of outcome,

unperturbed, self-reliant,

{the sage} does nothing at all, even

when fully engaged in actions.

 

There is nothing that he expects,

nothing that he fears. Serene,

free from possessions, untainted,

acting with the body alone,

 

content with whatever happens,

unattached to pleasure or pain,

success or failure, he acts

and is never bound by his actions.

 

when a man has let go of attachments,

when his mind is rooted in wisdom,

everything he does is worship

and his actions all melt away.

~ Bhagavad Gita

 

 

Categories: Attachment, Attitude, Everything, Freedom

The Source of Milk ~ Rumi

Don’t look for it outside yourself.

You are the source of milk. Don’t milk others!

There is a milk fountain inside you.

Don’t walk around with an empty bucket.

You have a channel into the ocean, and yet

You ask for water from a little pool.

Beg for that love expansion. Meditate only

on THAT. The Qur’an says,

And He is with you. ~ Rumi

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As I read these words…I felt they were saying look at the gifts/strength/blessings (whatever you would like to call it) within yourself. For me, I look inward for the Buddha nature. The answers of why this or that is always within. May your day be free of suffering and the causes of suffering. ~ Debra

Categories: Everything, Happiness, Meaningful, Meditate, Rumi, Wisdom

The ultimate source of blessings

I believe the ultimate source of blessings is within us. A good motivation and honesty bring self-confidence, which attracts the trust and respect of others. Therefore the real source of blessings is in our own mind.  ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

Categories: World | Tags: ,

Freed from Fixations…

Our lack of self frees us from the compulsion to secure ourselves within the world. We do not need to become more real by becoming wealthy, or famous, or powerful, or beautiful. We are able to realize our nonduality with the world because we are freed from such fixations. – David Loy, “Healing Ecology”  (Tricycle)

 

Categories: Wisdom | Tags: , ,

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