In spite of the dull weather, this first visit to Kyoto, for one of us at least, was inspirational. This is a selection of photographs taken with a Canon EOS 550D.
To be a Zen Buddhist, we need awareness. If we get attached to Zen Buddhism itself, then we have missed the point. It’s not a religion at all, it’s a way of living, living a simple, compassionate life.
Before enlightment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightment, chop wood, carry water. Zen Proverb
Zen doesn’t confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling the potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
I cannot tell if what the world considers ‘happiness’ is happiness or not. All I know is the that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.
Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people’s hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the way.
… unless there is an innate passion to find out, to discover for oneself one will not be equipped to live the meditative way. Meditation is a total way of living, not a partial or fragmentary activity… Life is neither occidental nor oriental… There is no excitement in a real enquirer; there is a depth of intensity, not the shallowness of enthusiastic excitement.
Being totally busy is a wasteful way of living.
Happiness is a simple thing: you are happy when you are not trying to be happy.
the stone path wanders
meandering through the garden
yet it does not move