Quotes from Past Readings or Suggested Writings


“Even so, for every thrilling swell that lifts you upward toward the sky, there is a trough that can send you reeling into the darkest depths. Troughs are part of the ocean too. In the troughs, you learn to trust, to have courage, and to be patient —- qualities that come naturally if you’re committed to surfing the entire ocean.”

– From, Zen in the Age of Anxiety, by Tim Burkett


“You should establish your practice in your delusion, Even though you think you are in delusion, your pure mind is there. To realize your pure mind in your delusion is your practice,
― From, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki


“Meditative awareness allows us to see deeply into the circumstances of our life. . . As we become more and more familiar with our responses, we learn to recognize those that empower us and those that imprison us. . . Empowerment is not about freedom from from the chaotic energies of everyday life; it is freedom within those energies.

– From, Zen in the Age of Anxiety, by Tim Burkett


“Joy has to do with seeing how big, how completely unobstructed, and how precious things are. . .We can get so caught up in our own personal pain or worries that we don’t notice that the wind has come up or that someone has put flowers on the dining room table or that when we walked out this morning, that the flags weren’t up, and that when we came back,          they were flying!”

– From, Awakening Loving Kindness, by Pema Chodron


“Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world: A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream; a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.”

From, The Diamond Sutra, translated by A.F. Price

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