June 12, 2013
"If the mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few."

— Shunryu Suzuki

August 21, 2012
"Our rational mind is employed, in the main, to explain away our irrational choices."

— Mad Jimbeau

March 18, 2012
Zen koan

Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple in the country. One day four traveling monks appeared and asked if they might make a fire in his yard to warm themselves.

While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing about subjectivity and objectivity. He joined them and said: “There is a big stone. Do you consider it to be inside or outside your mind?”

One of the monks replied: “From the Buddhist viewpoint everything is an objectification of mind, so I would say that the stone is inside my mind.”

"Your head must feel very heavy," observed Hogen, "if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind."

October 17, 2011
"I have had hands-on experience with weapons as diverse as a naked bayonet and a tactical nuclear warhead, but my weapon of choice has always been and remains, the human brain, awakened. Nothing can withstand a fearlessly probing mind."

— Mad Jimbeau

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