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Great Read

15 Jul

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“…people in your life don’t get in the way of your spiritual practice; these people are your spiritual practice. Through each other we discover that if we have the heart – the willingness, the strength, the courage – we have the capacity to plant the seeds of kindness, compassion, forgiveness, seeds of laid-back humor, a sense of letting go. But your heart must be quicker than your mind. Trust me, that organ between your ears is always spoiling for a fight…But the real fight is taking place inside you, within the “dharma organ,” the heart, where the challenge is to unify and understand, where the seeds of love and compassion are struggling to lay roots, to gain ground. Lend this struggle an ear. Just pause for three seconds. One banana…two banana…three banana…Pause and listen. Pause and breathe. Pause and gather your scattered, wild energies, your shattered soul…before you fling that seed of hate into the wind. Mark my works, times are tough and the ground is fertile. That seed will grow.”

From Zen Confidential, Confessions of a Wayward Monk
by Shozan Jack Haubner

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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Everyday Practice

 

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2 responses to “Great Read

  1. Esther

    July 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you for the quote from the book. It is energizing and my dharma heart said, ” I told you so, you just won’t listen!”

     
  2. goingoutwordsandinwords

    July 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    It’s a great book – the author is a very talented and witty writer.

     

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