January 24th, 2020

speaker, coach, consultant

Hello friends

I should have tried to get back to sleep but 4 am was the appointed hour.

A very good morning to you wherever you are and whatever you're doing.

Today's quote is:

“Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.”
― Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

And it's no accident, honest. 

It's what it is, namely, this day is not preparation for something else.

It is It.

The whole thing — good, bad or meh!

Of course, we want it always to be this way and no other way, but to the ego or in a dualistic world, even nirvana would end up being like everything else — i.e. dull.

I know, I'm on my soapbox again, but it's only when we examine the unexamined portion of our lives that we start to wonder why it is, despite extensive seeking, we can't find a place of equanimity?

Guess what: it's not out there.

Nope.

You can have as much wealth, money, fame and, even, good looks, and life still sucks. Well at least did for the Buddha and those people who adorn all those fashionable magazines. It might outwardly look bloody perfect but there's a curse of misery hanging heavy in the air. (I generalise but you get my point.)

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Zen Mountain Monastery

My favourite zen priest, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi talks about Chau Chou's three turning words

"Huik’e stood in the snow all night outside of Bodhidharma’s cave. Mother Theresa looked for Christ in the knowing smile between caregiver and cared for, even as she struggled at times to feel connected with God. In this talk from January’s New Year Sesshin, Shugen Roshi asks, what for you constitutes putting your faith on the line?"

He has a wonderful way of describing the teachings of zen.

Ju.

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