An Inch of Time is an Inch of Gold. Treasure it. Appreciate its fleeting nature; Misplaced Gold is easily found, misspent time is lost forever.
– Loy Ching-Yuen
The mind is flickering and restless, difficult to guard, difficult to control. The wise person straightens his mind as a Fletcher straightens an arrow.
– The Dharmapada
Awareness of being is the secret by which people shed light on their existence, produce the power of concentration and bring wisdom to fruition. Awareness of being is the backbone of Zen.
– Thich Nhat Hanh, From ‘Being Peace’
It is not necessary to reject activity and seek quiet; just make yourself inwardly empty while outwardly harmonious. Then you will be at peace in the midst of frenetic activity in the world.
– Yuan-Wu (1063-1135)
I am alone with the beating of my heart.
– Lui Chi
Our original nature is, in highest truth, void, silent, pure; it is glorious and mysterious peaceful joy – and that is all. Enter deeply into it by awakening to it yourself. That which is before you is it, in all its fullness, utterly complete.
– Huang Po
A spirituality of delight is one in which we will often say, ‘Ah!’ A Zen master once said: ‘Have you noticed how the pebbles of the road are polished and pure after the rain? And the flowers? No words can describe them. One can only murmur an ‘Ah!’ of admiration. We should understand the ‘Ah!’ of things.’
– Anne Bancroft from ‘Spiritual Journey’
There is no need to go outside to see better. Nor to peer from your window. Rather, abide at the centre of our being; for the more you move away, the less you learn.
– Lao Tzu (6th century B.C) from ‘Tao Te Ching’ …