Without stepping out the door, one can know the world.
Without looking out of the window
One can see the way of heaven.
The further one goes
The less one knows.
The wise person knows without having to stir,
perceives without having to see,
Accomplishes without having to act.
Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching, chapter 47
Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite.
It actually takes guts.
Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us,
we enter the warrior’s world.
Every Moment is a Moment of Practice
Not a single drop of water passes over the same rock twice, and the murmur of water rushing over a rock is constantly changing. Sameness is but an illusion of the human ears, eyes, mind. Water that has once flowed along a riverbed can never retrace its course. Human life is no different. It is only our mundane eyes and minds that we see yesterday as being the same as today.
Enlightened eyes and minds should recognize that each moment has a form different from that of any other moment
Shundo Aoyama, Zen Seeds
Get yourself out of the way,
and let joy have more space.
Not till your thoughts cease all
their branching here and there,
Not till you abandon all thoughts
of seeking for something,
Not till your mind is motionless
as wood or stone, will you be
on the right road to the Gate.
Huang Po, died 850, influential Chinese Chan master