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Where the answer is …

A young man caught a small bird and held it behind his back. He then asked, “Master, is the bird I hold in my hands alive or dead?”

The boy thought this was a grand opportunity to play a trick on the old man. If the master answered “dead,” it would be let loose into the air. If the master answered “alive,” he would simply ring its neck.

The master spoke, “The answer is in your hands.”

~ H.H. the Dalia Lama | NOTE: This story was the quote for April 2, 2010 on a Dalai Lama daily quotes calendar. But I wonder what the original source o is? It appears on the Web in various guises, usually as a Zen tale.

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 DailyZen.com)

Quote: Fearless energy…

Practice is nothing other than the
capacity to arouse fearless energy.
Without this energy,
whatever practices you perform,
whatever virtuous feelings you have,
all are without substance.
Without this energy,
will you be prepared when
you come face to face with death
in your ordinary state of mind?
How then will you persevere over other hardships?

~ Suzuki Shosan (1579-1655)
courtesy www.dailyzen.com

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