Daily Dojo

Cling to truth and it turns into falsehood. Understand falsehood and it turns into truth. Truth and falsehood are two sides of the same coin. Neither accept one nor reject the other.

Ryōkan 

It is only due to a lack of heart for the Way and a lack of skill in handling their daily conduct that people become vainly tied to fame and gain.

Dōgen

Daily Dojo

There are some things in music that cannot be taught. I can teach you how to form chords. I can show you how chord progressions work. I can explain harmony. I can’t teach you how to intuitively feel chord changes.

I am not saying that feeling a chord change is magical, mystical or anything like that. It’s just a skill that only comes when you practice enough to be unconsciously intimate with the medium. Like a bird in the air or a fish in the sea.

Ryōkan Taigu addresses this phenomenon with a beautiful simplicity.

The flower invites the butterfly with no-mind;
The butterfly visits the flower with no-mind.
The flower opens, the butterfly comes;
The butterfly comes, the flower opens.
I don’t know others,
Others don’t know me.
By not-knowing we follow nature’s course.

Ryōkan Taigu

Daily Dojo

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Lao Tzu had a knack for words of deep wisdom that sound childishly simple.

The quote come from chapter 46 of the Tao Te Ching:

When the Tao is present in the universe,
The horses haul manure.
When the Tao is absent from the universe,
War horses are bred outside the city.

There is no greater sin than desire,
No greater curse than discontent,
No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself.
Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Laozi

Daily Dojo

If you understand real practice, then archery or other activities can be zen. If you don’t understand how to practice archery in its true sense, then even though you practice very hard, what you acquire is just technique. It won’t help you through and through. Perhaps you can hit the mark without trying, but without a bow and arrow you cannot do anything. If you understand the point of practice, then even without a bow and arrow the archery will help you. How you get that kind of power or ability is only through right practice.

If you understand real practice, then archery or other activities can be zen. If you don’t understand how to practice archery in its true sense, then even though you practice very hard, what you acquire is just technique. It won’t help you through and through. Perhaps you can hit the mark without trying, but without a bow and arrow you cannot do anything. If you understand the point of practice, then even without a bow and arrow the archery will help you. How you get that kind of power or ability is only through right practice.

Shunryu Suzuki