selfless thoughts

–We are formed and molded

by our

thoughts.

Those whose minds are shaped

by selfless

thoughts

give

joy when they speak or act.

Joy

follows them like a

shadow

that never leaves them. 

the Buddha

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The Voice of truth

Ancient Words of Wisdom

Zen Stories

Zen

After Bankei had passed away,

a blind man who lived near the master’s temple told a friend:

“Since I am blind, I cannot watch a person’s face, so I must judge his character by the sound of his voice.

Ordinarily when I hear someone congratulate another upon his happiness or success, I also hear a secret tone of envy.

When condolence is expressed for the misfortune of another, I hear pleasure and satisfaction, as if the one condoling was really glad there was something left to gain in his own world.

“In all my experience,

however,

Bankei’s voice was always sincere.

Whenever he expressed happiness, I heard nothing but happiness,

and

whenever he expressed sorrow, sorrow was all I heard.”