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A Quote by Jack on zen, koans, and reality

One of my favorite Zen puzzles, otherwise known as koans, is: “Things are not as they seem, nor are they otherwise.”

It’s a reminder that life always has two sides. The side of personal perception is the way things seem to us from the position we’re looking from. Every vantage point has its built in biases and is never the whole picture. The other side is the whole picture that includes everything beyond what we see - beyond what they seem.

The answer to this and most koans is that there is no way out. Our view is always limited by the point in time and space we’re in. This view is always real, valid, and accurate for what it is. And there is always more. This explains why we are smarter together; that truth lives in the intersection of curiosity and conversation.

Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise.

Jack Ricchiuto

Source: jack / zen

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A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on emptiness, form, bushido, zen, and buddhism

Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness. Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase, "Form is emptiness." That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase, "Emptiness is form." One should not think that these are two seperate things.

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on dogen, zen, zazen, meditation, buddhism, and fire

Set aside all involvements and let the myriad things rest. Zazen is not thinking of good, not thinking of bad. It is not conscious endeavour. It is not introspection. Do not desire to become a buddha; let sitting or lying down drop away. Be moderate in eating and drinking. Be mindful of the passing of time, and engage yourself in zazen as though you are saving your head from fire.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Moon in a Dewdrop

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on dogen, zen, buddhism, moon, false stability, enlightenment, and spirituality

Through one word, or seven words, or three times five, even if you investigate thoroughly myriad forms, nothing can be depended upon. Night advances, the moon glows and falls into the ocean. The black dragon jewel you have been searching for, is everywhere.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Moon in a Dewdrop

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A Quote by Shosan on zen, spiritual warrior, japan, self, others, prejudices, knowing yourself, ignorance, and delusion

Be aware of yourself and know yourself. No matter how much you have learned and how much you know, if you don't know yourself you don't know anything. Indeed, if you don't know yourself you cannot know anything else. People who don't know themselves criticize others from the point of view of their own ignorance. They consider what agrees with them to be good, and hate whatever doesn't go their way. They become irritated about everything, causing themselves to suffer by themselves, bothering themselves solely because of their own prejudices. If you know that not everyone will be agreeable to you, know that you won't be agreeable to everyone either. Those who have no prejudices in themselves do not reject people, and therefore people do not reject them.

Shosan

Source: The Japanese Art of War

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on zen, dogen, buddhism, practice, the cook, questioning, and words

I asked, "What are words?" The tenzo said, "One, two, three, four, five." I asked again, "What is practice?" "Nothing in the entire universe is hidden."

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Moon in a Dewdrop

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on dogen, zen, buddhism, moon, water, reflection, dewdrop, enlightenment, and spirituality

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water. Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Moon in a Dewdrop

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A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, reality, non-duality, one, spirituality, and spiritual warrior

It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all Ways and be more and more in accord with his own.

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

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A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, reality, falling, being at ease, blind masseuses, the way, spirituality, spiritual warrior, and japan

Once a group of ten blind masseuses were travelling together in the mountains, and when they began to pass along the top of the precipice, they all became very cautious, their legs shook, and they were in general struck with terror. Just then the leading man stumbled and fell off the cliff. Those that were left all wailed, "Ahh, ahh! How piteous!" But the masseuse who had fallen yelled up from below, "Don't be afraid. Although I fell, it was nothing. I am now rather at ease. Before falling I kept thinking 'What will I do when I fall?' and there was no end to my anxiety. But now I've settled down. If the rest of you want to be at ease, fall quickly!"

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

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A Quote by Tesshu (?) on haiku, zen, bushido, moon, water, reflection, reality, and japan

The moon does not think to be reflected, nor does the water think to reflect, in the Hirosawa Pond.

Tesshu (?)

Source: The Sword of No Sword

Contributed by: Laurens

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