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Selections from Shobogenzo Zuimonki

· Teachings · ,

Sayings of Eihei Dogen, Recorded by Koun Ejo, translated by Shohaku Okumura

In a dharma talk, Dogen said,

Even if you are speaking rationally and another person says something unreasonable, it is wrong to defeat him by arguing logically. On the other hand, it is not good to give up hastily saying that you are wrong, even though you think that your opinion is reasonable.

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Dealing with Situations

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by Master Ta Hui, translated by Thomas Cleary

To Secretary Lau:

Since we parted, I don’t know whether or not you can avoid being carried away by external objects in your daily activities as you respond to circumstances, whether or not you can put aside your heap of legal documents as you look through them, whether or not you can act freely when you meet with people, whether or not you engage in vain thinking when you’re where it’s peaceful and quiet, whether or not you are thoroughly investigating This Matter without any distracted thoughts.

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Walking with the Wind

· Beyond Fear of Differences, Essays · ,

by John Lewis

This little story has nothing to do with a national stage, or historic figures, or monumental events. It’s a simple story, a true story, about a group of young children, a wood-frame house, and a windstorm.

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A Brief Consideration of the Phenomenon of Waiting

· Creative Expression, Essays · ,

by Václav Havel, translated by Paul Wilson

From an address delivered to the Academy of Humanities and Political Sciences. Paris, October 27, 1992.

The honor you have bestowed upon me by electing me to the famous French Academy of Humanities and Political Sciences is a great source of encouragement to me in the present and of commitment for the future. If I am to be one of you until the end of my days, I must be worthy of it until the end of my days. I promise you I will try.

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The Art of Looking

· Creative Expression, Essays · ,

by Christian McEwen

Bernard Bereson once said that he had never really enjoyed any work of art, whether verbal, visual or musical, without sinking his identity into it and somehow “becoming it.” Gazing at the leafy scrolls on the doorjambs of a church outside Spoleto, he felt as if every stem, tendril, and curl of foliage had become alive, and he himself had finally emerged into the light after a long groping in the darkness.

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Transformation at the Heart Level

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by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

Transmission of the Light, Case 6

Main Case
The fifth ancestor, Dhritaka, said, “Because one who makes his home departure is a selfless Self, is selfless and possesses nothing, and because the Mind neither arises nor ceases, this is the eternal Way. All Buddhas are also eternal. The mind has no form and its essence is the same.” Upagupta said,“You must become thoroughly awakened and realize it with your own mind.” Dhritaka was greatly awakened.

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Dealing With the Anger Caused by Racism

· Beyond Fear of Differences, Essays · ,

by Robin Hart

Ineed to find a way to deal with my anger at racism before it overwhelms me. I behave in a civilized manner. I don’t scream at or beat or kill anyone, but anger festers within me, keeping me from being aware of my own potential.

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Selected Poems

· Creative Expression, Essays · ,

by Margaret Gibson

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From The Desert Fathers

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Sayings of the Early Christian Monks, translated by Benedicta Ward

A Brother Said To A Hermit, “My thoughts wander, and I am troubled.” He answered, “Go on sitting in your cell, and your thoughts will come back from their wanderings.

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Sangha Reflections: On Patience

· Essays, Reflections · ,

IN NOVEMBER 2005, I suffered a sore throat. Being a storyteller, I attributed it to Halloween overwork. No. A vocal cord was paralyzed. The doctor told me to stop talking for six weeks in case it might recover.

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