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ON THE REWARDS OF DOING NOTHING
MARCUS CUMBERLEDGE


Into the unenlightened mind of dawn Amida pours nembutsu.
All other mornings than this are long-forgotten foreign history.
Empty the mind completely - there can be no better way of acting.
Action can be envisaged - if only in an empty-minded way.
Time spent uselessly is time well spent - do nothing at all and be blessed.
Time spent doing nothing, "wasted time" in fact, is the best time of all.
Everything's all right. There is no need for panic. My head is screwed on.
I will not relapse into apathy or defeatism today.
My spiritual life begins and ends with the calling of nembutsu.
During the night two orchid petals fell into my nenju.
Apart from breathing nearly all activity is a waste of time.
Nothing is as pleasant as doing nothing - even when you're busy.
I have done nothing in my whole life to deserve this mug of hot tea.
A wee bit of washing-up never did anybody any harm.
I'm in the effort department - the results are up to Amida.
For this Shin Buddhist Namo Amida Butsu contains everything.
Meditating or not, as the case may be, I sit and do nothing.
I am tired of judging myself - must I then begin to judge others?
Empty the mind of hatred. Empty the mind of desire. Empty it..
I believe with all my heart that I can make this change for the better.
Just by murmuring nembutsu I escape the six delusive worlds.
I want to be a cheerful person upon whom others can rely.
Waking and getting up - supreme moments of absolute uselessness.
O joy! I relish the inability to pull my finger out.
Waking up is being born again - a baby in a hostile world.
Grey meaningless fuzz - what am I supposed to make of these beginnings?
Life on earth has no purpose or meaning - do as little as you can.
First word in the morning, last word at night - Namo Amida Butsu.


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