“Watermelons and Zen studentsgrow pretty much the same way. Long periods of sittingtill they ripen and growall juicy inside, butwhen you knock them on the headto see if they’re ready…sound’s like nothing’s going on.”
“Sitting in your garden is a feat to be worked at with unflagging determination and single-mindedness – for what gardener worth his salt sits down. I am deeply committed to sitting in the garden.” – Mirabel Osler
“Sitting is the gateway of truth to total liberation.” – Dogen
Upon this old familiar bench From which I’ve spent a time or two, Just gazing at the sky above And watching chestnut trees, Which change throughout the seasons Now their copper leaves do fall, Which gather on this stony path And tossed upon the breeze.
For scattered far across the field And through the air with random flee, From every bough it seems to pluck Until each one is bare, Now soon the winter shall be here With icy chills the frosts and snow, When I’ll not stop but carry on And find no comfort there.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be
satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”