Swindon Chan Group


When sitting
just sit.

When walking
just walk.

Zen saying
Everything you do is zen.
Zen is not some kind of excitement
but concentration
on our usual everyday routine.
Shunryu Suzuki
If you understand
things are just as they are.
If you do not understand
things are just as they are.
Zen saying
Abandon this fleeting world
abandon yourself.
Then the moon and flowers
will guide you along the way.
Who is it
that is dragging
this corpse around?
the world is full
of enormous lights and mysteries
and man shuts them from himself
with one small hand!
Baal Shem Tov

A monk once asked Master Bokuju
"We have to dress and eat every day.
How can we escape from all that?"
The master replied:
"We dress, we eat".

The monk was puzzled and said
he did not understand.
The Master replied:
"If you do not understand
put on your clothes
and eat your food".

Zen mondo
Think every day your last:
you will receive with joy
hours on which you have not counted.
Just remain in the center
And then forget
that you are there.
It is eternity now.
I am in the midst of it.
It is about me in the sunshine;
I am in it as the butterfly
in the light-laden air.
Nothing has to come; it is now.
Now is eternity;
now is the immortal life.
Richard Jeffries
Remember the example of an old cow
She is content to sleep in a barn.
You have to eat sleep and shit
That is unavoidable
Beyond that is none of your business.
Patrul Rinpoche
How poignant it is that the mayfly
Only lives for one day.
But what a day!
Susan Millington
See all this world
as a star at dawn
a bubble in a stream
a flash of lightening in a summer cloud
a flickering lantern
a phantom
and a dream.
The Buddha
How very rare to be born a human.
Rarer still to hear the Dharma.
If you do not cross the ocean of suffering
In this life-time

When will you cross the ocean?
With eyes forever fixed on tomorrows
todays slip by unseen.
"Wild Geese"


You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscape,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clear blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver
forgiveness = giving up all hope of a better past
The greatest misfortune that could befall any human being is not to feel the pain of severance, which goads a man or woman to the religious quest.
We may dig in our heels and dare life never to change, but, all the same, it changes under our feet like sand under the feet of a sea gazer as the tide runs out. Life is forever undermining us. Life is forever washing away our castles, reminding us that they were, after all, only sand and sea water.
Erica Jong
The point is not to change ourselves. The point is to make friends with who we are already.
Pema Chodron
Though nothing happens
we've grown old in our busy lives.
We cry and laugh, all in emptiness.
There is originally no self,
So both life and death can be cast aside.
Master Sheng-yen
Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is
in the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells
in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows
how to dwell in mindfulness
night and day
'one who knows
the better way to live alone.'

Bhaddekaratta Sutta