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A Quote by Huang Po on huang po, buddhism, zen, mind, void, enlightenment, nature, perception, phenomenon, and universal

The nature of the Absolute is neither perceptible nor imperceptible; and with phenomena it is just the same.  But to one who has discovered his real nature, how can there be anywhere or anything separate from it?...

...Therefore it is said:  'The perception of a phenomenon IS the perception of the Universal Nature, since phenomena and Mind are one and the same.'

Huang Po

Source: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po - on the Transmission of Mind - translation by John Blofeld

Contributed by: ROD

A Quote by Huang Po on huang po, buddhism, zen, mind, void, enlightenment, concepts, and wisdom

...concepts are related to the senses; and, when feeling takes place, wisdom is shut out.

Huang Po

Source: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po - on the Transmission of Mind - translation by John Blofeld

Contributed by: ROD

A Quote by Huang Po on huang po, buddhism, zen, mind, void, enlightenment, stillness, and thinking

The approach to it  ( Mind, Absolute, Void, Buddha Nature, Enlightenment )  is called the Gateway of the Stillness beyond all Activity.  If you wish to understand, know that a sudden comprehension comes when the mind has been purged of all the clutter of conceptual and discriminatory thought-activity.  Those who seek the truth by means of the intellect and learning only get further and further away from it.  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

Source: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po - on the Transmission of Mind - translation by John Blofeld

Contributed by: ROD

A Quote by Huang Po on huang po, buddhism, zen, mind, void, and enlightenment

If, conceiving of the phenomenal world as illusion, we try to shut it out, we make a false distinction between the 'real' and the 'unreal'.  So we must not shut anything out, but try to reach the point where all distinctions are seen to be void, where nothing is seen as desirable or undesirable, existing or not existing.  Yet  this does not mean that we should make our minds blank, for then we should be no better than blocks of wood or lumps of stone;  moreover, if we remain in this state, we should not be able to deal with the circumstances of daily life or be capable of observing the Zen precept:  ' When hungry, eat.'  Rather, we must cultivate dispassion, realizing that none of the attractive or unattractive attributes of things have any absolute existence.

Huang Po

Source: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po - on the Transmission of Mind - translation by John Blofeld

Contributed by: ROD

A Quote by Kobayashi Issa on snail, red, sky, and zen

Red morning sky -
 snail,
  are you glad of it?

Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1827)

Source: Zen Calendar

Contributed by: Kristin

A Quote by Jisho Warner on zen, tao, flow, nondualism, wholeness, and holism

We are an endless moving stream in an endless moving stream.     

Jisho Warner

Source: www.stonecreekzencenter.org

Contributed by: gary

A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on zen and meditation

It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don't we think about training our mind?

Sakyong Mipham

Contributed by: Louëlla

A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on zen, sacred, and truth

The great lesson from the true mystics, from the Zen monks, and now also from the Humanistic and Transpersonal psychologists, is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life...in one's own backyard.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

Contributed by: Kelly

A Quote by Joe Hyams on zen

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What stands in the way of effortless effort is caring, or a conscious attempt to do well.

Joe Hyams

Contributed by: rederick

A Quote by Wang Wei on serene, solitude, buddha, meditation, desire, and zen

I cannot find the Monastery of Heaped Fragrance,
Miles up now into the clouds of the summit.
There is no footpath through the ancient woods.
Where did the bell sound,
Deep in the sound, deep in the mountain?
The voice of the torrent gulps over jagged stones;
Sunlight hardly warms the bluish pines.
As dusk deepens in these unfathomable mazes,
I practice meditation
To subdue the dragon of desire.

Wang Wei

Source: dailyzen.com

Contributed by: Lion

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