There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time.
To find out, she...
I'm also reading Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. It helps a lot when you get restless and start expecting things to happen to you. I'm also reading Tao te Ching bit by bit, but that's more supplemental reading.
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Here's an excerpt from Richard Le Gallienne's Rubaiyat translation:
Look not above, there is no answer there; Pray not, for no one listens to your prayer; Near is as near to God as any Far, And Here is just the same deceit as There.
And do you think that unto such as you; A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew: God gave the secret, and denied it me?-- Well, well, what matters it! Believe that, too.
"Did God set grapes a-growing, do you think, And at the same time make it sin to drink? Give thanks to Him who foreordained it thus-- Surely He loves to hear the glasses clink!"