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Taoism/Zen Buddhism
« on: November 13, 2013, 03:37:52 PM »
1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
21. Never stray from the Way.
[Miyamoto Musashi]


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Re: Taoism/Zen Buddhism
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 02:04:46 AM »
"Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world."

[Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching]


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Re: Taoism/Zen Buddhism
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2013, 07:53:27 PM »
Here are a few Zen quotes:

1. We feel that our actions are voluntary when they follow a decision and involuntary when they happen without decision. But if decision itself were voluntary, every decision would have to be preceded by a decision to decide-an infinite regression which fortunately does not occur. Oddly enough, if we had to decide to decide, we would not be free to decide. We are free to decide because decision happens. We just decide without having the faintest understanding of how we do it. In fact it is neither voluntary nor involuntary. To get the feel, of this relativity is to find another extraordinary transformation of our experience as a whole, which may be described either of the two ways. I feel that I am deciding everything that happens or I feel that everything including my decisions, is just happening spontaneously. For a decision- the freest of my actions, just happens like hiccups inside me or like a bird singing outside me.

2. A world which  increasingly consists of destinations without journeys between them, a world which values only “getting somewhere” as fast as possible, becomes a world without substance. One can get anywhere and everywhere, and yet the more this is possible, the less is anywhere and everywhere worth getting to.

3. If we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality.

4. There is only this “now”. It does not come from anywhere; it is not going anywhere. It is not permanent but it is not impermanent. Though moving it is always still. When we try to catch it, it seems to run away and yet it is always here and there is no escape from it. And when we turn around to find the self, which knows this moment, we find that it has vanished like the past.

5. The only difference between non-enlightened people and enlightened people is that non-enlightened people believe there is such a thing as non-enlightened people and enlightened people, while enlightened people know there is no such thing as non-enlightened people and enlightened people.