The fish rejects my worm, the old dog does not wish to be petted by me, and my perfectly tended tomato plants yield amazingly few tomatoes. I have learned, through trial and error, to not take life personally. Looking up, I notice that the sky is the same shade of blue as the eyes of my grandmother; Rosemund was her name.
Early morning; my wife is still sleeping. From the park across the street I can hear a crow yelling. It is as if it is saying, in a mocking tone, “Ha! I can fly and you can’t!” Smiling, I realize all that is in my head, not the crow’s head. For all I know the crow might be praising this beautiful sunrise. For all I know, a crow might have perfect ‘Buddha-mind,’ and just be existing in the moment. May the crow be safe. May he know peace.
arm me with books and knowledge
arm me with compassion and empathy
Grass for a pillow,
the traveler knows best how
to see cherry blossoms
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.
The steadfastness we develop in meditation is a willingness to stay. It may seem silly, but meditation actually isn’t too unlike training a dog! We learn to stay.
Equal rights for the next person does not mean less equality for you. You're not cutting up a goddamn pie.