Resolution of conflicting interests within each of us-the desire to fulfill a personal purpose versus the desire to forget about it and just go have fun, for example-takes time and focus and application of a lot of qualities, like playing a difficult piece of music with two hands on the piano. Many people are looking for a simple pill to make that apparent dichotomy go away. Once they discover it doesn’t exist, it’s very frustrating.
Appreciation, affection, focus and intention fill up the space of self-reflection, and one loses oneself in the engagement. And what a relief it is when you get there.
For eternally and always there is only now, one and the same now; the present is the only thing that has no end.
You listen to people, you listen so deeply that you can hear their past lives,
The crackle of their funeral pyres,
Nearly all samurai practice Zen – it is the Way of Enlightenment.”
“Possibly the light of Zen is so strong that it has blinded me to its virtue.” Yoshitoki smiled.
“It is very good discipline for the mind, as the martial arts are for the body.” Kenmotsu looked very smug as he said this. “I do Zazen twice a week.”
“I think it will do no-one any harm, though personally I find it more pleasant to think than to empty my mind of thought.
There’s no rule in the end, but only the situation and the inclination of your mind
We cannot dim another person’s light without first extinguishing our own.
The present is always the best, even when its rough.
When I was young, I lacked certainty, too,
[A] view of the world is nothing more than a set of beliefs, a way to freeze the world in our mind. … [T]his can never match Reality, … because the world isn’t frozen.