The perfection of zeal is a pure [mind] that exists in the profound depths of the Way. Advancing without ever slacking off—lying down, sitting, standing, and walking—even if you are gasping for breath, never abandon it.

From The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice, translated by Jeffrey L. Broughton with Elise Yoko Watanabe. © 2015 Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. From the Six Perfections Collection Sutra, a Chinese jataka collection that arranges tales of the Buddha’s former lives in accordance with the six perfections (paramitas): giving, morality, patience, effort (zeal), concentration, and wisdom. 

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