Category Archives: zen

The Plan

ABC from Alan Warburton on Vimeo. An old Zen master always told this fable to unserious students: Late one night a blind man was about to go home after visiting a friend. “Please,” he said to his friend, “may I … Continue reading

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Silence, Healing

Failure does not matter in life. To a progressive person even a thousand failures do not matter. He keeps success before his view, and success is his even after a thousand failures. The greatest pity is when life comes to … Continue reading

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Today, You Called

Bumper sticker: DOGS HAVE MASTERS, CATS HAVE STAFF Alan Watts Kizzy, here she is.

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And I mean every last round bit of it.

(Gaston Bachelard, the phenomenology roundness; in: Poetics of Space) I should like to give an example of an image that is outside all realistic meaning, either psychological or psychoanalyti­cal. Without preparing us, precisely as regards the absolute nature of the … Continue reading

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By Nothingness to Nirvana, Beyond Contrivance

I have finally found myself compelled to give up the logic, fairly, squarely, and irrevocably. It has an imperishable use in human life, but that use is not to make us theoretically acquainted with the essential nature of reality. Reality, … Continue reading

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Teaching Story – The Great Warrior

There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him. One day an infamous young warrior arrived … Continue reading

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Calvinist Influences on Conceptions of Happiness

(This is from my collection of weird graphics purloined from google image searches.) Never mind the apparent category error given a time scale of one sort and a positional reference–‘time flies’–to a time scale of a different sort, this graphic offers a … Continue reading

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Zen Story: Cyclin’

A Zen Teacher saw five of his students return from the market, riding their bicycles. When they had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, “Why are you riding your bicycles?” The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying this sack … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon. Top This

(source: Zen Forest Sayings of the Master, complied by Soiku Shigematsu)

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