Buddhist Thought: Monkey on the Moon

Sitting peacefully on a cushion day and night seeking to attain Buddhahood, rejecting life and death in hopes of realizing enlightenment, is all like a monkey grasping at the moon reflected in the water.

– Shoitsu

I like this quote. It tells you that if you are hoping to find enlightenment by sitting around and not practising Buddhism, you will never achieve it.

Enlightenment as a state can only be achieved by putting the rules of engagement into practise.

Try it out!