Zen is not something to get excited about. Just continue in your calm, ordinary practice and your character will be built up. If your mind is always busy, there will be no time to build, and you will not be succcessful, particularly if you work too hard on it. Building character is like making bread- you have to mix it little by little, step by step, and moderate temperature is needed. You know yourself quite well, and you know how much temperature you need. But if you get too excited, you will forget how much temperature is good for you, and you will lose your own way. This is very dangerous. But when your practice is calm and ordinary, everyday life itself is enlightenment……Shunryu Suzuki
no grandiose mystical transformations…..rather an engagement with our living examination of all of it….in the muck with the ordinary ground of being, bright and beautiful and beatific in its own right…
I have lost so many, have lost so much, and each has been a breaking away, a letting go, the way clumps of earth that hold the river are worn free by the river. So the river of experience scours the small container that is our life deeper and deeper. A recurring dialogue between soul and self, between the center of my being and the center of my doing has become a way to check my course. In those rare moments of hard-won peace, my spirit asks, ‘Where are we?’ and my very busy self is forced to look up and break its stride and reassess a pilgrim’s progress. And from that simple, profound moment, I hold these utterances like oracle bones: ‘Why can’t I go Home? Where are we? I don’t know where we are. Neither do I.’…..Mark Nepo
A mind that is stretched by a new experience
can never go back to its old dimensions.
….Oliver Wendell Holmes