Fingers Pointing - Birds Singing
Nakagowa Soen Roshi
We are equal beings and the universe is our relations with each other. The universe is made of one kind of
entity; each one is alive, each determines the course of his own existence.
Tozan to Kassan: How are things? Just as they are.
Existence is beyond the power of words to define:
Terms may be used, but are none of the absolute.
In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words,
Words came out of the womb of matter;
And whether a man dispassionately sees to the core of life, or passionately sees the surface,
The core and the surface are essentially the same,
Words making them seem different, only to express appearance..
If name be needed wonder names them both: From wonder into wonder, existence opens.
Life itself is a disease with a very poor prognosis – it lingers on for years, and invariably ends in death.
C. C. Jung
The Gita gives two rules for the game: Do what you do, but do not be identified as the doer. Do what you
do, but be not attached to the fruits of your actions.
The morning glory! This too cannot be my friend.
In the beginning, which is really no beginning … the will wants to know itself, and consciousness is
awakened, and with the awakening of consciousness the will is split in two. The one will, whole and
complete in itself, is now at once actor and observer. Conflict is inevitable; for the actor now wants to be
free from the limitations under which he has been obliged to put himself in his desire for consciousness. He
has in one sense been enabled to see, but at the same time there is something which he, as observer, cannot
D. T. Suzuki
Awaken out of your thinking mind. Awaken out of the illusion of your separateness. Go into =nobody
special‘ training. And remember: you always have the choice of being either the victim or the creator. See
the perfection of the teaching environment. Everything is grist for the mill.
From one point of view, each moment is so elusive and so brief that we cannot even think about it before it
has gone. From another, this moment is always here, since we know no other moment than the present
moment. It is always dying, always becoming past more rapidly than imagination can conceive. Yet at the
same time it is always being born, always new, emerging just as rapidly from that complete unknown
which we call the future.
You have only to be silent. To be silent is everything. Silence does not mean absence of speech, it means
absence of thoughts. When the mind quiets down it becomes linked to the infinite. Don‘t do anything, just