Tao Te Ching 45

True perfection seems imperfect, yet it is perfectly itself. True fullness seems empty, yet it is fully present. True straightness seems crooked. True wisdom seems foolish. True art seems artless. The Master allows things to happen. She shapes events as they come. She steps out of the way and lets the Tao speak for itself.

Masks

How many masks the ego uses in order to keep the control? Detach and you will witness a rapid change of colours in its never ending tapestry till the moment every mask is dropped.   Photo by Japanaibunka Asakusa Tokyo

Miyajiyama no tsuki

After the Hogen Rebellion in 1156, the courtier Fujiwara no Moronaga (1137-1192) was briefly exiled to the island of Shikoku. That autumn he consoled himself with a visit to Mount Miyaji where, while playing his biwa, a suijin or water goddess appeared.

Sleeping in the Daytime

The master Soyen Shaku passed from this world when he was sixty-one years of age. Fulfilling his life’s work, he left a great teaching, far richer than that of most Zen masters. His pupils used to sleep in the daytime during midsummer, and while he overlooked this he himself never wasted a minute. When he…

Reflection of life

the reflection of the world is a dream projected in the screen of the mind   Photo by Japanaibunka Kyoto, The Philosopher’s path

The ultimate and the inexpressible

The state of no-mind is the state of the divine. God is not a thought but the experience of thoughtlessness. It is not a content in the mind; it is the explosion when the mind is content-less. It is not an object that you can see; it is the very capacity to see. It is…

The Way of the law

If you determine your course with force or speed, you miss the way of the law. Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada. The ego is always aggressive; it can exist only through aggression. It creates such fuss, such dust, such smoke, that you can′t see. It makes you blind. It whirls you round and round, it makes…

Tao Te Ching 44

Fame or Integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more valuable? Success or failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfilment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have: rejoice in…

a cycle, a drop and the return

there is a space that can watch doors open and close there is a sky that watches the infinite passing of clouds it is the time now to turn the eyes inwardly and face the timeless   live to witness the haikus taste the tasteless   enjoying the fragrances of the four seasons a full…

Ishiyama no tsuki

Ishiyama moon  Lady Murasaki is usually pictured in a violet robe (murasaki may be translated as “violet”, or “purple”, or “lavender”), sitting at her writing table in Ishiyama Temple, and looking out over Lake Biwa under a full moon. Yoshitoshi chooses a similar setting, but substitutes a mountain landscape for the lake. Murasaki Shikibu is…

Joshu’s Zen

Joshu began the study of Zen when he was sixty years old and continued until he was eighty, when he realized Zen. He taught from the age of eighty until he was one hundred and twenty. A student once asked him: “If I haven’t anything in my mind, what shall I do?” Joshu replied: “Throw…