Zen proverb 15 : Chisoku

Hello! This is Katsuya Yasuda from Yasuda Consulting.

I will introduce new Zen proverb. It is “Chisoku.”

“Chi” means to know.

“Soku” means “sufficient.”

Do you want more?

Do you feel it isn’t enough?

You already have enough.

If you can realize it, you can feel happy.

The person who knows that I have enough is the closest to be happy.


Zen proverb 14 : Mukudoku

I will introduce a new Zen proverb. It is “MUKUDOKU.”

We can empty our mind by doing virtuous acts while being unnoticed.

“Kudoku” means rewards for virtuous acts.

But we shouldn’t desire rewards.

We shouldn’t think our action is virtuous or not.

Doing virtuous acts is as same as not doing such things.

“Mu” means ‘nothing.’

We can live without doing any virtuous acts.

We should appreciate getting opportunities to do virtuous acts.

Zen proverb 13 : Wakeiseijaku

I introduce new Zen proverb. It is “WA KEI SEI JAKU.”

WA means harmony in Japan. and it doesn’t mean “same”.

We have our individuality one another. it is vital for harmony.

If music tones are same, harmony will not happen.

C, E, G tone will make good harmony.

This Zen proverb says we should respect each other for good harmony.

Zen proverb 12 : Hougejaku

I’ll introduce new Zen proverb. It is “Hougejaku.”

“HOUGE” means dumping.

“JAKU” means what you are wearing or having.

Can you dump yours, for example, clothes, money, thinking and so on.

By keeping to dump, what remains as the last one you have?

You can realize who you are.

Zen proverb 11 : Ichijitsunasazareba Ichijitsukurawazu

Hello! I am Katsuya Yasuda from Yasuda Consulting.

I introduce a Zen proverb ‘Ichijitsunasazareba Ichijitsukurawazu.’

It has two meaning.

One is “If you don’t work , you can’t eat.”

“Ichijitsu” means one day.

so we can also say “”If you don’t work today, you can’t eat today.”

How about tomorrow?

Nowadays we have many foods in developed country. If we eat many foods today, we don’t need to eat tomorrow. But it is not good for health.

Many people work hard everyday. When will it finish? To work hard everyday isn’t good for life.

We should live politely in each day. This is second meaning.

Zen proverb 9 : Aun

Hello! I’m Katsuya Yasuda from Yasuda Consulting.

“AUN” is one of the Zen proverbs and very familiar is Japan.

“A” means the root of everything and “UN” means the goal of everything.

There isn’t anything between “A” and “UN.”

It means that the relationship of two things/persons is very simple and doesn’t need any explanations.

Do you have “AUN” friends?

Zen proverb 7 : Byojoshinzedo

Hello! I’m Katsuya Yasuda from Yasuda Consulting.

Are you thinking about your life?

Do you have a good idea for improving your life?

Do you know a good method to change your life?

Thinking about such ideas or methods is no meaning.

We wake up, walk, eat, work, hang out, sit and go to bed everyday.

Keeping on them is our life. It is on the way of our life.

Zen proverb 6 : Gahoujin

Hello! I am Katsuya Yasuda from Yasuda Consulting.

I will introduce Zen proverb “Gahoujin.”

It simply means that I meet someone.

The real meaning is that meeting someone is vital for everyone.

We can learn from someone because everyone has different sense of values and different way of thinking.

We should value diversity.

Zen proverb 5 : Sottaku no ki

Hello. I am Katsuya Yasuda from Yasuda Consulting.

I will introduce 5th Zen proverb “Sottaku no ki” today.

Sottaku means baby chicken breaking egg shell from inside and mother chicken pecking from outside.

Ki means timing.

If timing of breaking and pecking is not good , baby can’t be born and might be died. So timing is very important for birth.

We can replace “baby and mother” to “teacher and student” or “boss and subordinate.”

In any case, Making effort from baby and Support from mother are important and both must do one’s best.