"It is possible for us to discover our own innocence and childlike beauty. Discovering the innocent childlike quality in us does not mean being reduced to a child. Rather, we become fresh, inquisitive, sparkling. We want to know more about the world, more about life. When our preconceptions are stripped away, we begin to realize ourselves—it is like a second birth. We discover our innocence, our primordial quality, our eternal youth."
"Compassion has nothing to do with achievement at all. It is spacious and very generous. When a person develops real compassion, he is uncertain whether he is being generous to others or to himself because compassion is enviromental generosity, without direction, without ” for me” and without ” for them”. It is filled with joy, spontaneously existing joy, constant joy in the sense of trust, in the sense that joy contains tremendous wealth, richness."
Having continued my research, I’ve concluded that Sōtō Zen is probably best for me. It’s focus is on zazen meditation as its main discipline, with of course the fundamentals of Zen and Mahayana Buddhism, too. What it doesn’t emphasize in particular is kōan study, and also emphasizes shikantaza…
as if the gods
"….And even if you think that your practice is not going well, and your mind is busy thinking and reliving the day, or dreaming, fantasizing and falling asleep, at least you are not out in the world, harming other beings, or causing pain and misery."
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."
"Would you agree with me in thinking that the corrupting and destroying element is the evil, and the saving and improving element the good?
And you admit that every thing has a good and also an evil; as ophthalmia us the evil of the eyes and disease of the whole body; as mildew is of corn, and rot of timber, or rust of copper and iron: in everything, or in almost everything. there is an inherent evil and disease?
Yes, he said.
And anything which is infected by any if these evils is made evil, and at last wholly dissolves and dies?
The vice and evil which is inherent in each is the destruction if each; and if this does not destroy them there is nothing else that will; for good certainly will not destroy them, nor again, that which is neither good nor evil.
If, then, we find any nature which having this inherent corruption cannot be dissolved or destroyed, we may be certain that of such a nature there is no destruction?
That may be assumed.
Well, I said, and there is no evil which corrupts the soul?"