“Let a tacit understanding be all! All mental processes must lead to error.”-Huang Po The easiest thing to overlook is what you always are: aware. Without awareness, you could not do anything. There is a living knowledge that is always …

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“Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.” -Zen Proverb I was at my first Bianchi Cup in 1981. I trashed the first three stages: The Practical, The Barricade, and The Falling …

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“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”  What a great quote from Pema Chodron. My brother, Dennis, and I enjoyed boxing. He was three years older and quite a bit bigger, so he …

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When we’re deludedthere’s a world to escape.When we’re awarethere’s nothing to escape. -Bodhidharma Your mind will not bother you when you stop believing its stories.  The mind continuously forms desires from sensory experiences. What if some, or maybe all, desires are …

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“Indeed, since people lack nothing, it is a pity that they wander so much in illusion once they have been deluded by their perception.”-Keizan Bill Goins and I wanted to drive what locals called a “pipeline road” in the Florence …

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“If one is determined to reach enlightenment, what is the most essential method one can practice?” “The most essential method, which includes all other methods, is beholding the mind” -Bodhidharma The thoughts we are unaware of cause all our problems. Unlike …

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“Learn to distinguish what should be done and what should not be done; the clever soul will always select his opportunity.” -Nagarjuna Until your pace is the outcome of calling every shot, there is the concept of “pushing.”  Your goal should …

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“You simply must pay attention!” -Yunmen I’d had the bike for a week. It was my first motorcycle. A good friend and experienced rider told me to always ride like you are invisible. I thought that was great advice.  I …

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“Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”-The Buddha We’re at the Steel Challenge, in the iron-sighted stock gun division. It was a dry, dusty day, and the sun bore down on us like …

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“Do not fragment your attention but see what each moment calls for.”-Dogen When I stopped trying to make things happen and simply began watching them happen is when everything began to happen perfectly. Back in my mechanic days, I was …

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