The External World

A king’s robe or an old blanket can keep you warm.
A gold throne or the bare ground can be your seat.
A grand palace or a mud hut can be your shelter.
A jewelled plate or a wooden pot can hold your food.
The external world does not destroy your inner peace,
But your attachment and aversion will.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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 realize 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

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

 

 

When we are angry we are blind to reality.

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Image by kermitlab via Flickr ~ HH The 14th Dalai Lama

When we are angry we are blind to reality.

Anger may bring us a temporary burst of energy, but that energy is blind and it blocks the part of our brain that distinguishes right from wrong.

To deal with our problems, we need to be practical and realistic.

If we are to be realistic, we need to use our human intelligence properly, which means we need a calm mind.  ~ HH The 14th Dalai Lama

The Perverted Notion of “I”

The mind, dividing experiences into subject and object, first identifies with a subject, “I”, then with the idea of “mine”, and starts to cling to “my body”, “my mind”, and “my name”. As our attachment to these three notion grows stronger and stronger, we become more and more exclusively concerned with our own well-being.All our striving for comfort, our intolerance of life’s annoying circumstances, our preoccupation with pleasure and pain, wealth and poverty, fame and obscurity, praise and blame, are due to this idea of “I”.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche