Archives for category: Mind

November 12, 2014 golden day 200


The world, as we have created it,

is a process of our thinking.

It cannot be changed

without changing our thinking.

Albert Einstein

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July 14, 2014 Jamestown Island 048

Only the perfect man

can transcend the limits of the human

and yet not withdraw from the world,

live in accord with mankind

and yet suffer no injury himself.


Of the worlds teaching he learns nothing.


He has that within

which makes him independent of others.


If the eye is unobstructed,

the result is sight.

If the ear is unobstructed,

the result is hearing.

If the nose is unobstructed,

the result is smell.

If the mouth is unobstructed,

the result is taste.

If the mind is unobstructed,

the result is wisdom.

Chuang Tzu


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June 30, 2014 017

A teacher cannot give you the truth.
The truth is already in you;
You only need to open yourself –
body, mind and heart-
so that his or her teachings
will penetrate your own seeds
of understanding and enlightenment.
If you let the words enter you,
the soil and the seeds
will do the rest of the work.

Thích Nhất Hạnh


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May 23, 2014 Mountain Laurel 064


Before anything else

the One must exist eternally;

from his power derives everything

that always is or will ever be.

He is the Eternal and embraces all times.

He knows profoundly all events

and He himself is everything.

He creates everything

beyond any beginning of time

and beyond any limit of place and space.

He is not subject to any numerical law,

or to any law of measure or order.

He himself is law, number, measure,

limit without limit,

end without end,

act without form.


Giordano Bruno


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March 12, 2014 CW 030

All the Buddhas and all sentient beings

are nothing but the Universal Mind,

beside which nothing exists.

This Mind, which is without beginning,

is unborn and indestructible.

It is not green nor yellow,

and has neither form nor appearance.

It does not belong to the categories

of things which exist or do not exist,

nor can it be thought of

in terms of new or old.

It is neither long nor short,

big nor small,

for it transcends all limits,

measures, traces, and comparisons.


Huang Po


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March 12, 2014 CW 081

A good question is never answered.

It is not a bolt to be tightened into place

but a seed to be planted

and to bear more seed

toward the hope

of greening the landscape of ideas.


John Ciardi


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December 17, 2013 flowers 037

….  Bodhi is far beyond all notions of good and evil,
beyond all the pairs of opposites.
Daydreams are illusions and flowers in the sky never bloom.
They are figments of the imagination
and not worth your consideration.
Profit and Loss, right and wrong, coarse and fine.
Let them all go.
Stay awake. Keep your eyes open.
Your daydreams will disappear.
If you do not make judgments, everything will be
exactly as it is supposed to be.  (continued)

Seng T’san

(Sent T’san lived in China in the sixth century AD.  He was the Dharma successor to the second Chinese patriarch, Dazu (Huike) and spent most of his later life, after his encounter with Dazu living in the mountains or wandering and teaching the Dharma. )

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January 19 birds 020

….  Don’t tire your mind by worrying about what is real
and what isn’t,
About what to accept and what to reject.
If you want to know the One,
let your senses experience what comes your way,
But don’t be swayed and don’t involve yourself in what comes.
The wise man acts without emotion
and seems not to be acting at all.
The ignorant man lets his emotions get involved.
The wise man knows that all things are part of the One.
The ignorant man sees differences everywhere.

All things are the same at their core
but clinging to one and discarding another
Is living in illusion.
A mind is not a fit judge of itself.
It is prejudiced in its own favor or disfavor.
It cannot see anything objectively.  (continued)

Seng T’san


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January 26 2014 ice 071

It is as though you have an eye

That sees all forms

But does not see itself.
This is how your mind is.
Its light penetrates everywhere
and engulfs everything,
So why does it not know itself?
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January 24 ice 027
Without accepting the fact
that everything changes,
we cannot find perfect composure.
But unfortunately,
although it is true,
it is difficult for us to accept it.
Because we cannot accept the truth of transience,
we suffer.
Shunryu Suzuki
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