Structures 2- 2014- My Heart Burns Like Fire

Structures 2- 2014- My Heart Burns Like Fire

 

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My Heart Burns like Fire

 Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.”

 

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He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life. 

 

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In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.

 

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Retire at a regular hour.

 

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Partake of food at regular intervals. Eat with moderation and never to the point of satisfaction. 

 

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Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone. When alone, maintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests. 

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Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it. 

 

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When an opportunity comes do not let it pass by, yet always think twice before acting. 

 

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Do not regret the past. Look to the future. 

 

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Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child. 

 

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Upon retiring, sleep as if you had entered your last sleep. 

 

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Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes. 

 

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