Satori - dramatic
Zen mind. To make you wonder, and to answer that wondering with the deepest expression of your own
Beginner's mind. What am I?
See things as they are, the original nature of everything
The student should teach himself
Calligraphy, i.e. to write in the most straightforward, simple way, like a beginner. As if discovering what you were writing for the first time. Your full nature will be in your writing.
Right Practice - body
Right Attitude - feeling
Right Understanding - mind
roshi - person who has actualized perfect freedom. Consciousness arises spontaneously and naturally from actual circumstances of the present, not fixed repetitive patterns of self-centered consciousness
Living in the present
Utter ordinariness. A mirror - we feel our own strengths and shortcomings without praise or criticism from him.
Our original face, the extraordinariness of our own nature
"In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."
Keep your practice from becoming impure
The goal is to keep beginner's mind
Self-sufficient state of mind. Empty, ready.
If you discriminate, you limit yourself
Too demanding or greedy, mind is not rich, self-sufficient
There is no thought, "I have attained something." Self-centered thoughts limit the mind. True beginner's - no thought of achievement or of self. When our mind is compassionate it is boundless
1. Right Practice
Body and mind are two and one
Each one of us is dependent and independent
We die, and we do not die
Mind and body are two sides to one coin
Do not try to attain any state of mind
Own your physical body. If you slump, you lose yourself. When we have our body and mind in order, everything else will exist in the right place in the right way.
But usually we try to order things outside us. It is impossible to organize things if you are not in order. When you do things in the right way at the right time, everything else will be organized.
Always take the right posture
Inner world and outer world are limitless
All that exists is the movement of the breathing
Awareness of the universal existence
No idea of time or space
We do things one after the other. There is no time. What we do at a certain time cannot be separated from the time.
i.e. to not like your lunch locale is to be tired of your life. To wish you had gone somewhere else. It is to separate the idea of place from a time.
Good and bad only in your mind. To do or not to do is the reality.
In pure religion, no confusion of time and space, good or bad
We should do. Even not-doing is doing.
Concentrate on breathing
Become a swinging door
Do something I should/must do
We are dependent, yet independent
We are in the center of the world
Concentrate on breathing - fundamental activity of the universal being
Die as a small being, moment after moment
Everything beautiful is out of balance, but its background is always in perfect harmony
Suffering is how we live and extend our life
Best to do with people - watch them
Worst - ignore them
Second worst - trying to control them
This works on myself.
Do not be bothered by various images in my mind. Let them come and go.
The true purpose of Zen - to see things as they are. To let everything go as it goes. This is to put everything under control in its widest sense. Zen practice is to open our small mind to realize "big mind," or mind that is everything.
Time goes from past to present, from present to past, from present to future
To go eastward one mile is to go westward one mile
As long as you have rules, you have a chance for freedom
- Mind waves
When you try to stop your thinking it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. Of you are not bothered by the waves of your mind, they will become calmer.
The mind includes everything. Nothing outside yourself can cause any trouble. You yourself make the waves in your mind.
The mind which includes everything - "big mind."
The mind related to something - limited mind
As your mind does not expect anything from outside, it is always filled
Water and waves are one. Big mind and small mind are one. When you understand this, you have security in your feeling.
A mind with waves is not disturbed but amplified.
Our experiences are always fresh and new, but are also continuous and repeated unfolding of one big mind.
"Good" is supplied by something experienced long ago
In big mind we accept each experience as if recognizing the face in the mirror as our own. There is no fear of using this mind, nowhere to come or go, no fear of death, no suffering. We enjoy all aspects of life as unfolding of big mind.