spooky_nine: (buddha snake attack)
There seem to two kinds of searchers: those who seek to make their ego something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as though you could make a fish unfish), and those who understand that all such attempts are just gesticulation and play-acting, that there is only one thing that can be done, which is to disidentify themselves with the ego, by realizing its unreality, and by becoming aware of their eternal identity with pure being.

- Fingers Pointing Toward the Moon by Wei Wu Wei
spooky_nine: (more than likely)
spooky_nine: (buddha)
spooky_nine: (buddha)
Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

spooky_nine: (buddha)
Just don’t seek from others,
Or you’ll be far estranged from Self.
I now go on alone;
Everywhere I meet It:
It now is me; I now am It.
One must understand in this way
To merge with thusness.

- Dongshan Liangjie (807–869)
spooky_nine: (buddha)
How marvelous, how wonderful!
All sentient beings are perfect without flaw.
It is only due to delusive attachments
That the truth cannot be seen.

- Buddha

If you want to be free, get to know your real self.
It has no form, no appearance, no root,
No basis, no abode, but is lively and buoyant.
It responds with versatile facility, but its function
Cannot be located; when you look for it you become
Further from it. When you seek it
You turn away from it all the more.

- Rinzai ( d.867?)
spooky_nine: (kali)
One who has attained the Tao
is master of herself,
and the universe is
dissolved for her.
Throw her in the company
of the noisy and the dirty,
and she will be like a lotus flower
growing from muddy water,
touched by it, yet unstained.

- T'u Lung
spooky_nine: (kali)
When the mind is transparent and pure
As if reflected on the mirror-like surface of the water,
There is nothing in the world that you would dislike.
When it is serene as the light breeze in the sunshine,
There will be no one whom you would like to forget.

- Pa-ta Shan-jen (1626-1701)
spooky_nine: (cephalopods)
"It is most urgent that you seek real, true perception,
So you can be free in the world
And not confused by ordinary teachers.
It is best to have no obsessions.
Just don’t be contrived.
Simply be normal.
You impulsively seek elsewhere,
Looking to others for your own hands and feet.
This is already mistaken."

- Linji (d. 867)
spooky_nine: (sea cow)
"The World Dharma is the same as the Buddha Dharma. If you do not have faith that you can attain enlightenment through the World Dharma, you know nothing of the true essence of Buddhism."

- Shosan
spooky_nine: (dear buddha)
from: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]

"What we call Buddhahood is the fact that all things are originally empty. Fundamentally, there is no me, no you, no dharma, no Buddha. Buddhahood is complete separation from everything, letting go and being free. Whether it is satori or anything else, if something is there, it is not."

"The practice of Zen
Has no secret,
Except standing on the
Verge of life and death."
-Takeda Shingen (1521-1573)
spooky_nine: (dear buddha)
"Rujing said: 'Studying Zen is dropping off body and mind. Without depending on the burning of incense, bowing, chanting Buddha’s names, repentance, or sutra reading, devote yourself to just sitting.'
Dogen: 'What is dropping off body and mind?'
Rujing said: 'Dropping of body and mind is zazen. When you just sit, you are free from the five sense desires and the five hindrances.'"

- Dogen (1200-1253)
spooky_nine: (dear buddha // made by unknown)
Mind set free in the Dharma-realm,
I sit at the moon-filled window
Watching the mountains with my ears,
Hearing the stream with open eyes.
Each molecule preaches perfect law,
Each moment chants true sutra:
The most fleeting thought is timeless,
A single hair’s enough to stir the sea.

- Shutaku (1308–1388)

i really want to be a buddhist nun.
spooky_nine: (Default)
Calming the Mind

Too much knowledge
Leads to overactivity;
Better to calm the mind.
The more you consider,
The greater the loss;
Better to unify the mind.

- Shih Wang Ming (6th century)
spooky_nine: (catwoman // made by spitefairy)
It is proper to doubt. Do not be led by holy scriptures, or by mere logic or inference, or by appearances, or by the authority of religious leaders. But when you realize that something is unwholesome and bad for you, give it up. And when you realize that something is wholesome and good for you, do it.

- Buddha

it's something i've always tried to abide by, which explains why i haven't been a christian for almost 8 years.

in other news, now that photobucket has stopped having an epileptic fit, i can start posting pictures up again. hence, these )


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