What do we imagine our lives to look like when we are completely enlightened? It is easy to get caught in the trap of hoping to gain something from practice, such as praise or pleasure. But to be truly liberated we need to abandon all our hopes and plans for the future, and rest completely in the unfolding of this moment.
by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei
Book of Serenity, Case 33:
Sansheng's Golden Fish
Zen Mountain Monastery—May 24, 2013