- An unrestrained mind is like an unrestrained child: temper tantrums, fits of wanting, aversion.
- Koan - Nansen's Goose: One day, a court official named Riko approached Zen master Nansen and asked him, If a man puts a gosling in a bottle, feeds it every day until it grows into a goose and there is no more room in the bottle, how can he get the goose out without killing it or breaking the bottle? Riko! shouted Nansen, and gave a loud clap with his hands. Yes, master? asked the startled Riko. See, said Nansen, the goose is out!
- Keep the bigger perspective in mind - not getting caught in life's little whirlpools.