1. 10

    Whereever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see. You are one with everything. That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear.

  2. 9

    Everything is perfect, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

  3. 8

    It is easy to have calmness in inactivity, it is hard to have calmness in activity, but calmness in activity is true calmness.

  4. 7

    In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.... In the beginner's mind there is no thought, 'I have attained something.' All self-centered thoughts limit our vast mind. When we have no thought of achievement, no thought of self, we are true beginners. We can really learn something.

  5. 6

    When my master and I were walking in the rain, he would say, 'Do not walk so fast, the rain is everywhere.'

  6. 5

    It must be obvious...that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity.

  7. 4

    The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.

  8. 3

    Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.

  9. 2

    When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.

  10. 1

    Leave your front door and your back door open. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just don't serve them tea.

  11. Last Update: 6 February 2023

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