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The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
  —  Robert M. Pirsig
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On This Day In:
2017 Waiting For My First Strike
2016 Mostly Just Masticating
2015 Don’t Mess With Mosa
How Long Is This Run?
2014 The Importance Of Being Forgetful
2013 Anyway
2012 Habit Forming
2011 And In The Other Hand(ful)
In Love With Words
Boundless Naïveté
Who Did You Say Signed Off On This Treason, Pat?

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May you find peace in the bloom of each moment.
[Quoted from a site I follow titled: http://wisconzen.wordpress.com/  which is sub-titled: “Don’t just do something … Sit there.
The specific posting is: http://wisconzen.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/understanding-and-compassion/
Check it out.  You may like it too.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Conversation
2012 4 Down, 11 Done (At Last)
I’m Not Afraid
2011 Who’s Risk Is It, Anyway?

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The goal of Zen is to learn one’s true nature and attain Buddhahood; this cannot be achieved through study or even instruction, but only through meditation.
[I’m not sure where this quote came from.  It is not attributed in my journal and a Google search failed to turn up a source.  In any case, it amuses me to think of meditating to “achieve” a goal of Zen.  —  KMAB]
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To be enlightened may not be so difficult.  What is difficult is not to be caught by enlightenment or to be attached to it.  To express enlightenment in each moment, is to live each moment afresh without ideas or attachment anywhere.  You can be trapped by your own way.  You should not try too hard.
To be sincere is not to make haste for attainment by self-centered ideas, but to do Zazen for the sake of your Big Self.  Do not make haste.  Do not try to do something ahead of time or behind time.
If it is raining out, do not walk fast, because it is raining everywhere.
My Master called me “Crooked Cucumber.”  I have seen many good Zen Masters and I do not think I can be a good Zen Master, so I should not work too hard.
Please walk in the rain with me and if I am too slow for you, please go ahead of me.
  —  From a lecture by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
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