practice

It will take quite a long time before you find your calm, serene mind in your practice. Many sensations come, many thoughts or images arise, but they are just waves of your own mind. Nothing comes from outside your mind. Usually we think of our mind as receiving impressions and experiences from outside, but that is not true understanding of the mind. The true understanding is that mind includes everything; when you think something comes from outside it means only that something appears in your mind. Nothing outside yourself can cause any trouble. You yourself make the waves in your mind. If you leave your mind as it is, it will become calm. This mind is called big mind.

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind Suzuki Roshi

18 comments:

boodiba said...

Ah... Practice is my one, constant, even when challenging in terms of personal comfort and/or satisfaction.

annabella said...

How did I not know this was here?!?!?!??!


HUGS!

ld said...

I knew! I had a sixth sense about its existence due to the basset photo.

eeyore said...

hi you guys:) ld, you did. we are connected somehow.

cranky housefrau said...

hurray! eeyore!
really, you are about as gloomy as i am cranky.
xoxoxoxoxo

eeyore said...

you are funny cranky:)

cranky housefrau said...

and you are adorable!

ld said...

yes, i don't really think you are gloomy at all.

boodiba said...

ya that's like me calling my post today "light & cheery"

Anonymous said...

is there ever a poem about 'retarded mind'? I need that poem.

ld said...

the poem for me today would be slow, unfocused mind.

annabella said...

love, pazzles, bassets, shibas, hugs, roars, happy in the hundred acre wood.

I'm really glad you've started writing again. : )

eeyore said...

thanks! and i do have some retarded poetry, my own, two poems i've written.

Arturo said...

Hi eeyore
The quote, I love of course. My grandfather may not have been Buddhist, but he often spoke like one. One of his favorite sayings, in Spanish, was, "El problema se lo busca el individuo", meaning the individual person creates his (or her) own problem. You can substitute the mind there and it would be as if Susuki Roshi said it.
Cheers,
Arturo

eeyore said...

the masters amongst us, word, arturo.

ld said...

you should post your poems!

i recently came across poetry i had written in high school. it was embarrassing. but i was sincere in my attempts.

eeyore said...

i will, ld, tomorrow, they're so dumb:)

ld said...

i'm sure they're not dumb. yay! you are braver than i.