In an age where there is much talk about “being yourself” I reserve to myself the right to forget about being myself, since in any case there is very little chance of my being anyone else. Rather it seems to me that when one is too intent on “being himself” he runs the risk of impersonating a shadow.
A person who is beginning to sense the suffering of life is, at the same time, beginning to awaken to deeper realities, truer realities. For suffering smashes to pieces the complacency of our normal fictions about reality and forces us to become alive in a special sense – to see carefully, to feel deeply, to touch ourselves and our worlds in ways we have heretofore avoided. Ken Wilber – No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth p. 76
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“Magnanimous Mind is like a mountain, stable and impartial. Exemplifying the ocean, it is tolerant and views everything from the broadest perspective. Having a Magnanimous Mind means being without prejudice and refusing to take sides.” Dogen Zenji – Instructions for the Zen Cook
Wednesday, 20 December 2023
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning”
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A Zen monk asked Master Yunmen,“What are the teachings of a whole lifetime?” Yunmen answered, “An appropriate response.” The Blue Cliff Record, Case 14
A student of Suzuki Roshi asked “I’ve been listening to your lectures for years but I just don’t understand. Could you just please put it in a nutshell? Can you reduce Buddhism to one phrase?” Everyone laughed. Suzuki laughed. “Everything changes”, he said. Then he asked for another question. Suzuki Roshi
If you feel anxious or unhappy, you know you can wait for this to pass – you do not need to fix the anxiety or the unhappiness immediately by taking drugs or alcohol. When some situation does not go the way you want it to go, do not feel powerless or aggressive and turn to intoxicants, but look at what you can learn from this or how you could understand it in a different way.
Particularly critical to our spiritual progress is our selection of friends and companions, who can have the most decisive impact upon our personal destiny. It is because he perceived how susceptible our minds can be to the influence of our companions that the Buddha repeatedly stressed the value of good friendship (kalyanamittata) in the spiritual life.
Part of the process of cleaning up our act is this very work of unburdening ourselves. Otherwise, true peace is never really available. Instead of meditation uncovering deeper levels of truth, it winds up being an escape, a covering over, and a numbing of the truth.
It will get clearer in time… that the whole world is inside you. . . That to be able to live in peace, you have to be at peace with yourself . . . You must enjoy who you are. And for you to do that, you have to cultivate thoughts and feelings that resonate with you.