Category: On Living

“By being alive to difficulty one can avoid it.”  -Lao Tzu In the well-being department, not knowing we are thinking is our only problem. Problems appear and remain because we do not know we think them into existence.  Awareness is …

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“When you are not sitting quietly, you may be distracted without knowing it; but once you are aware of it, distraction itself becomes a mechanism for getting rid of distraction.”-T’ai i chin hua tsung chih If I rushed I usually …

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“Here is my secret: I don’t mind what happens.”-Krishmanurti The only things that bother you are things you care about. Care about what is immediately and obviously good, like family, friends, pets, and health. For everything else, regard care with …

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“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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“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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“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 …

Who’s in Charge? Read More »

“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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“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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“The body is not a collection of atoms but a stately, wondrous being. The mind is not emotional and intellectual entanglements but an unknowable solitary awareness.” -Hung-chih Listening is more fun than letting your mind run amok. The mind—unobserved—is a …

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