Thursday, October 21, 2004

"Nothing at All Has Unchanging Self"

When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine myriad things with a confused body and mind you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. When you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that nothing at all has unchanging self.
~~"Actualizing the Fundamental Point" by Zen Master Dogen
from Beliefnet Buddhist Wisdom (newsletter)


(Symptoms of too little time)

Overflowing email,
past due reading,
Only the color coded- urgent & friends
garners attention.
All else is left to languish in files,
for stolen moments
like this.

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