The secret of Soto Zen is just two words: not always so.... In Japanese, it's two words, three words in English. That is the secret of our practice.
Source: Crooked Cucumber
Contributed by: Louëlla
Wherever you go you will find your teacher, as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.
If you were not born in this world, there would be no need to die. To be born in this world is to die, to disappear [laughing].
When he bowed to all those buddhas, the buddhas he bowed to were beyond his own understanding. Again and again he did it.
A garden is never finished.
Source: Shunryu Suzuki, Crooked Cucumber
We should not be just a fan of dragons; we should always be the dragon himself. Then we will not be afraid of any dragon.
Everything you do is right, nothing you do is wrong, yet you must still make ceaseless effort.
Without ignoring the objective side of the truth, it has to be subjective as well, Buddha's whole teaching just for you, something you can taste. Not something to believe in but to discover, to experience.
When you say "Wait a moment," you are bound by your own karma; when you say "Yes I will," you are free.
There will always be war, but we must always work to oppose it.
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