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Jakusho Kwong

1935 CE –

Art teacher, postman, sign painter, Sonoma State University professor, and one of the first students of Shunryu Suzuki and Chogyam Trungpa; Kwong received official recognition as a Zen teacher from the Soto School in Japan and with his wife and dharma partner, Laura (Shinko) founded Sonoma Mountain Zen Center where they raised 4 sons and brought genuine Zen understanding to numerous students. After giving Richard Baker Dharma transmission the previous year, Suzuki Roshi’s was preparing the same for Kwong Roshi when he died in 1971.

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No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

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Mind Following Breath

Quotes by Jakusho Kwong (12 quotes)

“Breath sweeps mind.”

from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

Themes: Meditation

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“It is through the essence of mind, which is unborn, indestructible, calm and clear, that we deliver ourselves within ourselves.”

from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

Themes: Mind

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“When the focus of your practice becomes like the light of the sun penetrating a magnifying glass so sharply that it makes a fire, it dissolves greed, anger, and ignorance, the three great obstacles to our original heart/mind.”

from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

Chapters: 68. Joining Heaven & Earth

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“real intimacy means… everything is included in what we do, and yet we leave no trace... always expressing our true self, the wholeness of our original nature, which has neither beginning nor end.”

from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

Chapters: 27. No Trace

Themes: No Trace

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“most people are drowning in their delusional ignorance without knowing that their suffering was created by themselves.”

from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

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“We are truly like the moon: any amount of light makes a full halo.”

from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

Themes: Moon True Self

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“when we do let go, how wonderful. We discover that the darkness is actually full of light.”

from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

Themes: Letting Go

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“If it's punishment, it's something outside. Someone is doing it to us. But if we think of it in terms of suffering, then it's with us and with others. That's a very different way of looking at it, being punished or just suffering.”

from Mind Following Breath

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“It was like a water experience in the sense that when you go to meet someone, if you can still the water, the reflection appears.”

from Mind Following Breath

Themes: Equanimity Water

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“Being in a hospital and sharing a room with others, I found out that each person there became part of me, and there was no imaginable way to isolate myself. There's no way you can close yourself off... because other people are you.”

from Mind Following Breath

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“The aspect of continuity is extremely important. When we change from one thing to another thing, we just get lost in change. Either continuity, or the image revealed in the water is always filled with ripples.”

from Mind Following Breath

Themes: Continuity

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“Don't criticize other people's way of life; reflect on your own complaining, resentment, and anxiety.”

from Mind Following Breath

Themes: Complaint

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