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The Buddha at Work's "Working for the Weekend" quotes for 9/10/10

"Each of us has a variety of habitual tactics for avoiding life as it is." - Pema Chödrön, The Places that Scare You

"Zen is not some fancy, special art of living. Our teaching is just to live, always in reality, in its exact sense."

"We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence. We should find perfection in imperfection. For us, complete perfection is not different from imperfection. The eternal exists because of non-eternal existence. In Buddhism it is a heretical view to expect something outside this world. We do not seek for something besides ourselves. We should find the truth in this world, through our difficulties, through our suffering. This is the basic teaching of Buddhism. Pleasure is not different from difficulty. Good is not different from bad. Bad is good; good is bad. They are two sides of one coin. So enlightenment should be in practice. That is the right understanding of practice, and the right understanding of our life. So to find pleasure in suffering is the only way to accept the truth of transiency. Without realizing how to accept this truth you cannot live in this world. Even though you try to escape from it, your effort will be in vain. If you think there is some other way to accept the eternal truth that everything changes, that is your delusion. This is the basic teaching of how to live in this world. Whatever you may feel about it, you have to accept it." - Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

"Pleasure and pain are simply opposite poles. Joy is being willing for things to be as they are." - Joko Beck, Nothing Special: Living Zen

"This life is nirvana. Where did we think it was?" - Joko Beck, Everyday Zen


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