Thich Nhat Hanh
Asking yourself, What am I doing? will help you overcome the habit of wanting to complete things quickly. Smile to yourself and say, Washing this dish is the most important job in my life. When you ask, What am I doing?, reflect deeply on the question. If your thoughts are carrying you away, you need mindfulness to intervene. When you are really there, washing the dishes can be a deep and enjoyable experience.
May we gain conviction in the view,
wherein samsara and nirvana are the same.
May we have consummate skill in meditation,
a natural flow unaltered, uncontrived.
May we bring our action to perfection,
a natural, unintended, spontaneity.
May we find the dharmakaya,
beyond all gaining and rejection.
Gradually I began to recognize how feeble and transitory the thoughts and emotions that had troubled me for years actually were, and how fixating on small problems had turned them into big ones. Just by sitting quietly and observing how rapidly, and in many ways illogically, my thoughts and emotions came and went, I began to recognize in a direct way that they weren’t nearly as solid or real as they appeared to be. And once I began to let go of my belief in the story they seemed to tell, I began to see the ‘author’ behind them – the infinitely vast, infinitely open awareness that is the nature of mind.
Any attempt to capture the direct experience of the nature of mind in words is impossible. The best that can be said is that the experience is immeasurably peaceful, and, once stabilized through repeated experience, virtually unshakeable. It’s an experience of absolute well-being that radiates through all physical, emotional, and mental states – even those that might be ordinarily labelled as unpleasant. This sense of well-being, regardless of the fluctuation of outer and inner experiences, is one of the clearest ways to understand what Buddhists mean by ‘happiness’.”
There’s a big difference between being able to explain religion intellectually and transforming that knowledge into spiritual experience.
Just sleeping in the mountains is not being in an isolated mountain retreat;
Wild animals all sleep in the mountains.
Although far from butchers who kill,
they lack a single source of protection or hope.
Reflecting on this makes me sad!
Thoughts come and go like a thief in an empty house –
People of Tangri, in fact there is nothing to be gained or lost.
Meditate upon the teacher as the glow of your awareness,
When you melt and mingle together,
Taste that expanse of nonduality.