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The Buddha denies the existence of any permanent entity either physical or mental. We call this theory about self as Anatmavada.

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Distracted Minds

People who really have their minds on the Way.
Do not forget work on the fundamental.
No matter what they are doing.

Yet if they still distinguish this work from ordinary activities,
even as they do them together, they will naturally be concerned
about being distracted by activities and forgetting the meditation work.

This is because of viewing things as outside the mind.


Muso Soseki

What is this mind?

What is this mind?
Who is hearing these sounds?

Do not mistake any state for
Self-realization,
but continue to ask yourself even more intensely,
what is it that hears?


Bassui Tokushō

This is the only moment.

Breathing in,
I calm body and mind.

Breathing out,
I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.


Thich Naht Hanh

Right and Wrong

The question isn’t who’s right.
You’re simply seeing things from different points of view.


Kodo Sawaki

Seeing into true nature

Delusions and attachments consisting of self-centered
and conceptual thinking obscure the living fact.

The Zen path is devoted to clearing away these obstructions
and seeing into true nature.


Robert Aitken

Ready for whatever may come

Not being tense but ready.
Not thinking but not dreaming.
Not being set but flexible.
Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement.

It is being wholly and quietly alive,
aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.


Bruce Lee