Zen Miracles Zen Miracles

Finding Peace in an Insane World
by Brenda Shoshanna


"To separate what we like from what we dislike is the disease of the mind." -Sosan, On Believing in Mind


This famous quote suggests that the pain and loss we experience in relationships has nothing to do with the other person, it is a disease lodged within our own mind. We cause this suffering by separating what we like from what we dislike, by constantly judging and condemning others, by refusing our love if a person doesn't make the grade.


To separate what we like from what we dislike kills all relationships both with others and with ourselves. This basic tenet of Zen is a profound instruction both for meditation and relationships in everyday life.