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Friday, November 10, 2006

Koan and quote all in one

A feret once asked Murray, "How does an enligthtened one return to the ordinary world?" Murray replied, "A broken mirror never reflects again; fallen flowers never go back to the old branches."

Friday, November 03, 2006

Zen Quote

"No matter how many years you sit doing zazen, you will never become anything special."

-----Dogen

Monday, October 30, 2006

Koan # 27

Lemmy the fox, who we all know to now be a master of Zen, was once a young student, just learning the discipline needed to study the Way. His master, an ancient rooster wanted Lemmy to be silent. When Lemmy spoke out of turn, the rooster gave Lemmy a twig to carry around with him. Each time Lemmy spoke, the rooster brought an increasingly larger stick for him to carry. Soon, Lemmy was dragging around a small sappling tree.

When Lemmy went to speak again, the rooster interrupted him, saying, "Remember, Lemmy, this small tree, no longer growing in the earth which you are dragging around, is now as useless as anything you might think to say right now."

As soon as Lemmy heard this, he stopped. It was a year before Lemmy spoke again. When he did speak, it was only in response to the old rooster asking him if he had learned anything. Lemmy's response was simply, "Yes." That same day, Lemmy left the monastary well on his way to becomming a master of Zen.

Years later, Lemmy delighted in telling this story to his students.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Quote of the week

“I’m just sayin’ if that’s what this is gonna be, it’s gonna be that.”
---Vince Vaughn, Be Cool

Monday, October 23, 2006

Silence

There are two kinds of silence. There is the silence you discover while trying to listen to your own heart.

After you know that silence, go seek out the other.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Zen Quote of the week

"Harney Peak is the center of the universe. Of course, any other place is also the center of the universe."

---Black Elk

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Koan # 46

A wandering muskrat who traded and sold books to pay for his travels sat by the side of the road, complaining that someone had stolen his most valuable and prized book, a rather large encylopedia.

Along came Barry the porcupine, an acknowledged zen master. When he heard the muskrat complaining, Barry calmly asked him to explain why he was so upset.

The muskrat re-told the entire story, and Barry listened intently. When the muskrat finished, Barry smiled and told the muskrat how lucky he was, and began to go on his way. The muskrat, not knowing Barry to be a Zen master, asked him why he should feel lucky to be a victim of theft.

"Why," Barry said, "You are lucky to have your heavy load lightened." With that, Barry walked away.

After a week had passed, and the muskrat missed his book less, he realized what Barry was trying to tell him, and he began to give all his other books to whoever would take them.