This is awesome.
A lord asked Takuan, a Zen Teacher, to suggest how he might pass the time. He felt his days very long attending his office and sitting stiffly to receive the homage of others. Takuan wrote eight Chinese characters and gave them to the man:
Not twice this day
Inch time foot gem.
This day will not come again.
Each minute is worth a priceless gem.
Takuan Soho, Zen Teacher, 1573 – 1645.
Hokusai says look carefully.He says pay attention, notice.He says keep looking, stay curious.He says there is no end to seeing…He says everything is alive –shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.Wood is alive. Water is alive.Everything has its own life.Everything lives inside us.He says live with the world inside you.He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish…It matters that you care. It matters that you feel.It matters that you notice.It matters that life lives through you.
Roger Keyes, Providence Zen Centre