My Heart Burns Like Fire
Soyen Shakuthe first Zen teacher to come to Americasaid: "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 dressinglight 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 alonemaintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests.
Watch what you sayand whatever you saypractice it.
When an opportunity comes do not let it pass you byyet 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 retiringsleep as if you had entered your last sleep. Upon awakeningleave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes.\