Just be ordinary

As I see it, there isn’t so much to do.

Just be ordinary — put on your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.

Master Linji, [Linji Yixuan, died 866, founder of the Linji school of Chan Buddhism]  Teaching 18

When we learn to stop and be truly alive in the present moment, we are in touch with what’s going on within and around us. We aren’t carried away by the past, the future, our thinking, ideas, emotions, and projects. Often we think that our ideas about things are the reality of that thing….The true person is an active participant, engaged in her environment while remaining unoppressed by it. She lives in awareness as an ordinary person, whether standing, walking, lying down, or sitting. She doesn’t act a part, 

Thich Nhat Hahn’s commentary on this Teaching

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