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No matter how well we manage our affairs, how diligently we practice the art of divine manifestation, Zen Kitties know that life will always have its ups and downs. That is why cultivating equanimity is the best way to achieve a harmonious life.

The only thing we can be sure of in life is the inevitability of change, happy today, sad tomorrow, laughing again the next day. Only a balanced mind can let all these states be as they are without attachment or aversion.

For example, yesterday I found myself in the lap of luxury.

And today at the bottom of the heap once more.

Who knows what tomorrow may bring?

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The Buddha was asked, “What do you and your disciples practice?” He replied, “We sit, we walk and we eat.”

The man continued, “But sir, everyone sits, walks and eats.”

The Buddha told him, “When we sit we know we are sitting. When we walk, we know we are walking. When we eat we know we are eating.”

Awareness of sitting.

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Buddhism has no room for special effort,
Just be ordinary and nothing special.
Eat and drink, then move your bowels and pass water,
And when you’re tired, go to sleep.
Fools will find me ridiculous, but the wise will understand.

Lin Chi

The Wise

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Whilst we Zen kitties spend most of our time dwelling in the bliss of simple beingness, humans tend to forget all about the present moment as they rush from one thing to another, never really appreciating the depth of true experience.

It is the responsibility of Zen kitties everywhere to be vigilant to their humans’ lack of focus and ensure we snap them back into the present moment whenever we sense they are beginning to drift. Sometimes a simple claw in the knee will suffice but, to really do our role justice, we must be in all places at once and forever poised to surprise the un-expecting day dreamer.

Remove your notebook with mindfulness young apprentice.

Waiting for an unsuspecting hand.

Boo!

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Zen Kitty Speaks – A Koan

We Zen Kitties spend many hours, eyes half closed, in front of the fire or lounging in a sunbeam whilst in deepest contemplation of the mysteries of the universe. Sometimes we use Koans, which are questions or stories that help us understand the true nature of reality by bypassing the rational mind. Today I have barely moved from the sofa at all whilst meditating on the following conundrum.

What is the sound of one paw clapping?

Indeed it is a challenging life.

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Zen Kitty Speaks – Happiness

‘Happiness cannot be found through great effort and will power but is already present in open relaxation and letting go.’  Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche

Zen Kitty wishes you a most relaxed and happy New Year.

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There are so many lessons to teach these silly humans that sometimes we Zen Kitties truly have our work cut out for us. Most humans like to think that things belong to them and are constantly referring to ‘my shirt’, ‘my book’, ‘my bag’ etc. I like to show them, as best I can, how erroneous these suppositions are, as like all things, the notion of ownership is subject to change at any moment.

Your jacket

Is now my jacket

How foolish you are to be so attached.

My Jacket

Sorry, whose?

 

If there is no self, how can these shoes belong to 'you'.

Finder's keepers.

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