Life is one continuous mistake.
The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.
Life is like getting into a boat that's just about to sail out to sea and sink.
It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.
Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?
Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.
If you accept them, things are just as they are. If you do not accept them, things are just as they are.
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.
To study the Buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.
What is Reality? An icicle forming in fire.
A flower falls, even though we love it, and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
We would rather be ruined than changed, we would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die.
We are a Zen meditation practice group that meets Monday evenings, 7:00 pm, at the Old Stone Church in Bend, OR.
Note: Bend Zen will not meet on Monday, Dec. 24, or Monday, Dec. 31.