Category Archives: Quotes

“After realizing the intent of Zen . . . “

“After realizing the intent of Zen, people in ancient times used to spend decades polishing themselves thoroughly in order to free themselves from compulsions of conditioning and habit. This is called the work of maturation; the completion of maturation is called the attainment of unification.”

~ Muso Kokushi (1275-1351) ~ from the DailyZen for Jan. 1, 2010

The moment before thought is already wrong . . .

On that side, beyond the clouds,
The mountain is blue-green as jade
The white clouds on the mountain
Are whiter than white
From the spring on the mountain,
Drop after drop
Who knows how to see the face
In the white clouds?
Clear skies and rain have their times,
They’re like lightening
Who knows how to listen to the
Sound of this spring?
It flows on without stopping
Through thousands
And thousands of turns
The moment before thought
Is already wrong
To try to say anything further
Is embarrassing.

– T’aego (1301-13

(from today’s quote at the wonderful

Buddha is concealed within the sentient being…

Buddha is concealed within the sentient being
If for one instant of thought we become impartial,
Then sentient beings are themselves Buddha.
In our mind itself a buddha exists,
Our own Buddha is the true Buddha.
If we do not have in ourselves the Buddha mind,
Then where are we to seek Buddha?

~ Huineng (courtesy of the Daily Zen website)

QUOTE: ‘All the various types of teachings and spiritual paths…’

“All the various types of teachings and spiritual paths are related to the different capacities of understanding that different individuals have. There does not exist, from an absolute point of view, any teaching which is more perfect or effective than another. A teaching’s value lies solely in the inner awakening which an individual can arrive at through it. If a person benefits from a given teaching, for that person that teaching is the supreme path, because it is suited to his or her nature and capacities. There’s no sense in trying to judge it as more or less elevated in relation to other paths to realization.”

~ Namkhai Norbu, from “Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State” (Arkana, 1989)

A thought for the day

“ONE ASPECT OF COMPASSION is to respect others’ rights and to respect others’ views. That is the basis of reconciliation. The human spirit of reconciliation based on compassion is working deep down, whether the person really knows it or not. Our basic human nature is gentleness; therefore, no matter how much we go through violence and other bad things, ultimately the proper solution is to return to human feeling and affection. So affection or compassion is not only a religious matter, but in our day-to-day life is quite indispensable.”

~ H.H. the Dalai Lama

Never Give Up

Never give up.
Not matter what is going on.
Never give up.

Develop the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
but to everyone.
Be compassionate
Work for peace.

And I say again
Never give up.
No matter what is happening
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama Reaches to the Bleachers

From The Meditation Circle of Charleston (W.Va.)