Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said:
"My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes."
He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life.
* In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.
* Retire at a regular hour. Partake of food at regular intervals. Eat with moderation and never to the point of satisfaction.
* Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone. When alone, maintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests.
* Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.
* When an opportunity comes do not let it pass you by, yet always think twice before acting.
* Do not regret the past. Look to the future.
* Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.
* Upon retiring, sleep as if you had entered your last sleep. Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes.
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