‘We often confuse acceptance with approval. Acceptance is a loving act of an open heart. Approval is generally tied up with judgment. Our hunger for approval is partly why we are so easily hooked by the critic. We try to fend off unworthiness by seeking our value from external authorities whose voices we long ago […]
‘There are many contemplative practices: Moonlight sitting, sunlight sitting, snow sitting, rain sitting. Whatever nature’s condition is, you sit in it and find out both what it is and what is yourself.’ (Embracing Mind) I noted this one as a great quote for Roaming Zen – though it would be better to substitute fog for snow […]
‘The Reality that these teachings are pointing toward is not hidden, or secret, or far away. You cannot earn it, deserve it, or figure it out. At this very moment, Reality and completeness are in plain sight.’ (The Way of Liberation) Alongside this wonderful expression, I also recently copied a quote, although from where I cannot […]
No umbrella, getting soaked, I’ll just use the rain as my raincoat.
As an undergraduate, one of the courses I took was in Saussurian linguistics. It was revelatory to my still-forming mind in pointing to the arbitrary relationship between signifiers (the words we use), and the signified (what the words refer to). This, in turn, was a helpful hand-hold when I started to navigate the intricacies of […]
As it happens, I still haven’t really started working on the photos from my trip beyond the initial selection. I know how many hours it will take, and this past week, as I slowly drag myself into the right time zone, I have had some other things that have felt more important to take care […]
‘If you are one with conditions, there is absolutely no need for resolution.’ (The Essence of Zen)