Nirvana is Right Here, Right Now: How is that possible? We can say that our practice is to close the gap between what we think our life is and our life as the subtle mind of nirvana. Or more to the point, how can we realize that there is really no gap to begin with? Do not be dualistic. Truly be one with your life as the subtle mind of nirvana. That is what "subtle" means. Something is subtle not because it is hidden, nor because it is elusive, but because it is right here. We don’t see it precisely because it is right in front of us. In fact, we are living it. When we live it we don’t think about it. The minute we think about it, we are functioning in the dualistic state and don’t see our life as the subtle mind of nirvana.
Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi
Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life.

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Nirvana is Right Here, Right Now: How is that possible? We can say that our practice is to close the gap between what we think our life is and our life as the subtle mind of nirvana. Or more to the point, how can we realize that there is really no gap to begin with? Do not be dualistic. Truly be one with your life as the subtle mind of nirvana. That is what "subtle" means. Something is subtle not because it is hidden, nor because it is elusive, but because it is right here. We don’t see it precisely because it is right in front of us. In fact, we are living it. When we live it we don’t think about it. The minute we think about it, we are functioning in the dualistic state and don’t see our life as the subtle mind of nirvana.
- Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi Roshi
Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life.
Moon Viewing How far do I have to go to see the full moon? The moon casts Rays of gold, Awaking the night. Seeker, do you hear The homily ringing Through the autumn air? Bell-crickets peak: The moon is always Full. Is a gentle breeze Moving The pampas grass?
- Paula Arai
Paula Arai, Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra (Boulder: Shambala, 2019), p. 121
When we have our body and mind in order, everything else will exist in the right place, in the right way... So try to always keep the right posture, not only when you practice zazen, but in all your activities... The state of mind that exists when you sit in the right posture is, itself, enlightenment... In this right posture, there is no need to talk about the right state of mind. You already have it. This is the conclusion of Buddhism.
- Shunryū Suzuki, Rōshi
Shunryū Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Boulder CO: Shambala, 1970), pp 10-11.
By definition, you can't see emptiness. You can't even imagine it. But you can be it. You already ARE it. Now, to live and let live in emptiness: that's the secret to paradise. It's a secret hidden in plain sight, but it can take you forever to crack the code. To know myself fully, I do not have to ponder the infinity of stars. I do not have to plumb the eternity of time. I only have to reach up and pluck the fruit fro the bony end of a branch.
- Karen Maezen Miller, Rōshi
Karen Maezen Miller, Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2014), pp. 83 an 110.

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