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Zen Judaism

Monday, April 30, 2012



Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?

Drink tea and nourish life; with the first sip, joy; with the second sip, satisfaction; with the third sip, peace; with the fourth, a Danish.

Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story.

Accept misfortune as a blessing. Do not wish for perfect health, or a life without problems. What would you talk about?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single Oy.

There is no escaping karma. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?

Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.

The Tao does not speak. The Tao does not blame. The Tao does not take sides. The Tao has no expectations. The Tao demands nothing of others. The Tao is not Jewish.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

Let your mind be as a floating cloud. Let your stillness be as a wooded glen. And sit up straight. You’ll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders.

Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers. Each flower blossoms ten thousand times. Each blossom has ten thousand petals. You might want to see a specialist.

Be aware of your body. Be aware of your perceptions. Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness.

The Torah says, Love your neighbor as yourself. The Buddha says, There is no self. So … maybe we’re off the hook?
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  • CRYSTALJEM
    Wonderful from start to finish, but this part reached right out to me:


    Let your mind be as a floating cloud. Let your stillness be as a wooded glen. And sit up straight. You’ll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders.


    emoticon emoticon that is what I needed today. Namaste.
    1711 days ago
  • BILL60
    Just great!! My favorite, Breathe in. Breathe out... Thank you for making it a brighter fun-filled day.
    1719 days ago
  • BECCABOO127
    Cute! The "sit up straight" one reminds me of my mamma!

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    1724 days ago
  • SLASALLE
    I got a big belly laugh out of "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single Oy." There are several other great ones, but I needed a good laugh today ...

    Thanks!! Hope your day is an excellent one ...
    1724 days ago
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  • DOKEYOKEY
    This is hilarious! Thanks for reposting!
    1725 days ago
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