Are You Ready for Things to Get Real?

Zen Master Dogen, the great founder of Soto Zen, alludes to a fable concerning a man named Seiko, who was fascinated by dragons and collected dragon themed artworks. One day a real dragon thought, “If I appear in Seiko’s house he will be delighted.” But when Seiko saw the dragon, he was absolutely terrified. How about you, are you ready for things to get real?

From Practical Zen: Meditation and Beyond, by Julian Daizan Skinner © 2017. Reprinted with permission of Singing Dragon. Julian Daizan Skinner, a Zen monk since 1989, has practiced and received dharma transmission in the Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions.

 

Cultivate Your Mind

External constructions, however well you make them, will crumble and disintegrate. What we create within our minds will last much longer.

From The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Mysticism: The Essential Teachings, edited by Renuka Singh © 2017. Reprinted with permission of Hampton Roads Publishing Company. Renuka Singh is a professor of sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the director of Tushita Mahayana Meditation Center, both in New Delhi, India.

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