only this

Don’t wish for perfect health. In perfect health, there is greed and wanting.
So an ancient said, ” Make good medicine from the suffering of sickness.”

Don’t hope for life without problems. An easy life results in a judgmental and lazy mind.
So an ancient once said, “Accept the anxieties and difficulties of this life”.

Don’t expect your practice to be clear of obstacles. Without hindrances the mind that seeks enlightenment may be burnt out.
So an ancient once said, “Attain deliverance in disturbances”.

Zen Master Kyong Ho [ 1849-1912], in Thousand Peaks

4 thoughts on “only this

  1. “An easy life results in a judgmental and lazy mind.”

    Ooo… that strikes too close to home! When I think of all the complaining (judging)I have done … and it’s still a battle! And so I strive to practice gratitude.

  2. ZDS, I think I’m going to tattoo it on my forehead in reverse so I can read it in the mirror!

    Bruce, me too. Glad you see you blogging again, btw. 😀

  3. Before we moved into our current home, I had this on the fridge for daily viewing.

    I especially connect with the last of the three teachings – don’t expect practice to be free of obstacles. And, if we make our life the ground of our practice, we can expect obstacles at every turn.

    What a relief to know that *this is it!*

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