the moon thinned to a thread,
insects singing.Matsuo Basho
can’t quite land
on that blade of grass.Matsuo Basho
Winter solitude –
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.Matsuo Basho
The morning glory also
not to be my friend.
The eyes don’t say,
“Sure we’re lower, but we see more.”
The eyebrows don’t reply,
“Sure we don’t see anything, but we are higher up.”
When everyone in the world sees beauty,
Then ugly exists.
When everyone sees good,
Then bad exists.
We should not hoard knowledge; we should be free from our knowledge.
You lack peace of mind because you’re running after an idea of total peace of mind. That’s backwards. Be attentive to your mind in each moment, no matter how unpeaceful it might seem to be. Great peace of mind is realized only in the practice within this unpeaceful mind.
When dissatisfaction is finally accepted as dissatisfaction, peace of mind reigns.
Mind is interested in what happens, while awareness is interested in the mind itself. The child is after the toy, but the mother watches the child, not the toy.
If you want to sin, sin wholeheartedly and openly. Sins too have their lessons to teach the earnest sinner, as virtues the earnest saint. It is the mixing up of the two that is so disastrous.
Nothing can block you so effectively as compromise, for it shows lack of earnestness, without which nothing can be done.