Kay's email message
"Thanks for another look
into your questing mind"

made me meditate—
Should my mind
be questing or resting?

Buddhists say the mind
is a restless monkey
swinging from tree to tree

so we need to quieten it
to experience Emptiness
(Sunyata) and Nirvana.

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
begins: "Yoga is ceasing
the flow of thoughts"

but a sage gives me
this wise advice—
"Yoga is skill in action."

Ramana cites Psalm 46:10
"Be still, and know
that I am God."

I marvel at Hui-neng's
awakening at Guangzhou
after hearing just one line

from the Diamond Sutra
"Abiding nowhere,
let the mind work on."

So I let my mind rest
when I sleep and quest
when I wake...

Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 7-20-2011

Mind as Restless Monkey

Sleeping Mind at Rest

Questing Mind

Mind in Illumination