Words, actions, habits, character and destiny

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions,
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

For source see here – http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/01/10/watch-your-thoughts/

I found this in Richard Rohr’s book ‘Breathing Under Water: spirituality and the twelve steps’

An old Zen koan

In meeting a man along the way, greet him neither with words nor with silence. Now tell me, how will you greet him?
— An old Zen koan

http://www.tricycle.com/feature/meeting-man-way?page=0,0

A kōan (公案?)/ˈkoʊ.ɑːn/; Chinese: 公案; pinyin: gōng’àn; Korean: 공안 (kong’an); Vietnamese: công án) is a story, dialogue, question, or statement, which is used in Zen practice to provoke the “great doubt” and test a student’s progress in Zen practice. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dan

Examples of traditional kōans[edit]
Does a dog have Buddha-nature[edit]
Main article: Mu (negative)
A monk asked Zhàozhōu, “Does a dog have Buddha nature or not?” Zhaozhou said, “Wú”.

(“Zhaozhou” is rendered as “Chao-chou” in Wade-Giles, and pronounced “Joshu” in Japanese. “Wu” appears as “mu” in Japanese, meaning “no”, “not”, “nonbeing”, or “without” in English. This is a fragment of Case #1 of the Wúménguān. However, another koan presents a longer version, in which Zhaozhou answered “yes” in response to the same question asked by a different monk: see Case #18 of the Book of Serenity.)

The sound of one hand[edit]
Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand? (隻手声あり、その声を聞け)

— Hakuin Ekaku
Victor Hori comments:

…in the beginning a monk first thinks a kōan is an inert object upon which to focus attention; after a long period of consecutive repetition, one realizes that the kōan is also a dynamic activity, the very activity of seeking an answer to the kōan. The kōan is both the object being sought and the relentless seeking itself. In a kōan, the self sees the self not directly but under the guise of the kōan … When one realizes (“makes real”) this identity, then two hands have become one. The practitioner becomes the kōan that he or she is trying to understand. That is the sound of one hand.[web 6]

Original Face[edit]
Main article: Original face
Huìnéng asked Hui Ming, “Without thinking of good or evil, show me your original face before your mother and father were born.” (This is a fragment of case #23 of the Wumenguan.)

Killing the Buddha[edit]
If you meet the Buddha, kill him. (逢佛殺佛)

— Linji
Thinking about the Buddha as an entity or deity is delusion, not awakening. One must destroy the preconception of the Buddha as separate and external before one can become internally as their own Buddha. Zen master Shunryu Suzuki wrote in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind during an introduction to Zazen,

Kill the Buddha if the Buddha exists somewhere else. Kill the Buddha, because you should resume your own Buddha nature.

One is only able to see a Buddha as he exists in separation from Buddha, the mind of the practitioner is thus still holding onto apparent duality.

Other koans[edit]
A student asked Master Yun-Men (A.D. 949) “Not even a thought has arisen; is there still a sin or not?” Master replied, “Mount Sumeru!”
A monk asked Dongshan Shouchu, “What is Buddha?” Dongshan said, “Three pounds of flax.” (This is a fragment of case #18 of the Wumenguan as well as case #12 of the Blue Cliff Record.)
A monk asked Zhaozhou, “What is the meaning of the ancestral teacher’s (i.e., Bodhidharma’s) coming from the west?” Zhaozhou said, “The cypress tree in front of the hall.” (This is a fragment of case #37 of the Wumenguan as well as case #47 of the Book of Serenity.)

To become aware of the ineffable is to…

To become aware of the ineffable is to part company with words. …The tangent to the curve of human experience lies beyond the limits of language. The world of things we perceive is but a veil. Its flutter is music, its ornament science, but what it conceals is inscrutable. Its silence remains unbroken; no words can carry it away.

Sometimes we wish the world would cry and tell us about that which made it pregnant with fear-filling grandeur.

Sometimes we wish our own heart would speak of that which made it heavy with wonder.

–Abraham Joshua Heschel

To become aware of the ineffable is to…

To become aware of the ineffable is to part company with words. …The tangent to the curve of human experience lies beyond the limits of language. The world of things we perceive is but a veil. Its flutter is music, its ornament science, but what it conceals is inscrutable. Its silence remains unbroken; no words can carry it away.

Sometimes we wish the world would cry and tell us about that which made it pregnant with fear-filling grandeur.

Sometimes we wish our own heart would speak of that which made it heavy with wonder.

–Abraham Joshua Heschel

“When I drink tea it’s very pleasant to…

“When I drink tea it’s very pleasant to be aware
I am drinking cloud.” What happens when you die?
by Thich Nhat Hanh

…….You may think you are still alive but in fact you have been dying everyday, every minute, cells die and are born – for neither do we have funerals or birthdays (laughter).

Death is a very necessary condition of birth. With no death, there is no birth. They inter-are and happen in every moment to the experienced meditator. For instance a cloud may have died many times, into rain, streams, water. The cloud may want to wave to itself on earth! Rain is a continuation of the cloud. With a meditation practitioner nothing can hide itself. When I drink tea, it’s very pleasant to be aware I am drinking cloud.

When you are parents, you die and are reborn as your children. “You are my continuation, I love you.” The Buddha told us how to ensure a beautiful continuation – a compassionate thought, a beautiful thought. Forgiveness is our continuation. If anger, separation and hate arise, then we will not ensure a beautiful continuation. When we pronounce a word that is compassionate, good and beautiful that is our continuation.

When a cloud is polluted, the rain is polluted. So purifying thoughts, word and action creates a beautiful continuation. We can see the effects of our speech in our children. My disciples are my continuation ­– both monastic and lay. I want to transmit loving speech, action and thought. This is called karma in Buddhism.

This body of mine will disintegrate but my karma will continue – karma means action. My karma is already in the world. My continuation is everywhere in the world. When you look at one of my disciples walking with compassion, I know he is my continuation. I don’t want to transmit my negative emotions, I want to transform them before I transmit them. The dissolution of this body is not my end. Surely I will continue after the dissolution of this body. So don’t worry about my death, I am not going to die.

Let us meditate on the birth of a cloud. Does it have a birth certificate? (laughter) Examine the notion of birth – the notion that nothing can come from something, from no-one to someone. Is it possible for something to come from nothing? Scientifically this is not possible………………

from a talk by Thich Nhat Hanh

http://www.plumvillage.org/transcibe/7-what-happens-when-you-die.html

Say: The first and foremost testimony es…

Say: The first and foremost testimony establishing His truth is His own Self.
Next to this testimony is His Revelation.
For whoso faileth to recognize either the one or the other He hath established the words He hath revealed as proof of His reality and truth.

This is, verily, an evidence of
His tender mercy unto men. He hath endowed every soul with 106 the
capacity to recognize the signs of God. How could He, otherwise, have
fulfilled His testimony unto men, if ye be of them that ponder His Cause in
their hearts. He will never deal unjustly with any one, neither will He
task a soul beyond its power. He, verily, is the Compassionate, the
All-Merciful.

(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 105)