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#1750 - Sunday, March 28, 2004 - Editor: Gloria Lee
The slightest sound matters. The most momentary rhythm matters.
You can do as you please, yet everything matters.
- Wallace Stevens
Before the eaves, slender bamboos,
A thousand stalks of jade,
Sing when the cool
Rains fall, with a rustling sound,
Their feathery green intruding at my desk;
They know there is no
Purer hidden spot than this.
- Isho Tokugan (13601437)
Eardley ~ Allspirit Inspiration
"A bird in a secluded grove sings like a flute.
Willows sway gracefully with their golden threads.
The mountain valley grows the quieter as the clouds return.
A breeze brings along the fragrance of apricot flowers.
For a whole day I have sat here encompassed by peace,
Till my mind is cleansed in and out of all cares and idle thoughts.
I wish to tell you how I feel, but words fail me.
If you come to this grove, we can compare notes."
From: 'The Golden Age of Zen: Zen Masters of the
T'ang Dynasty' by John C. H. Wu
Chizuko (b. 1924), Jazz, 2003.192. view woodblock print: http://www.shermanleeinstitute.org/images/exhibition/2003_192jazz_lg.jpg
Imagine a whole lifetime of this struggle, movement after movement, symphony
after symphony, sonata after quartet after concerto. Always probing and rejecting
in his dedication to perfection, to the principle of inevitability. This somehow is the
key to the mystery of a great artist: that for reasons unknown to him or to anyone
else, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note
follows another inevitably. It seems rather an odd way to spend one's life; but it
isn't so odd when we think that the composer, by doing this, leaves us at the finish
with the feeling that something is right in the world, that something checks
throughout, something that follows its own laws consistently, something we can
trust, that will never let us down.
Bernstein, The joy of music, Anchor Books, Doubleday, New York,
Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a
- Landrum Bolling
Gill Eardley ~
The world is not something separate from you and me; the world,
society, is the relationship that we establish or seek to establish
between each other. So you and I are the problem, and not the
world, because the world is the projection of ourselves, and to
understand the world we must understand ourselves. That world
is not separate from us; we are the world, and our problems are
the world's problems.
From: Krishnamurti's Book
of Life Daily Meditations
"In the ocean there
are many bright strands
And many dark strands like veins that are
Seen when a wing is lifted up. Your hidden
Self is blood in those, those veins that are
Lute strings that make ocean music, not the
Sad edge of surf, but the sound of no shore.
"When you are doing zazen, you are within the complete calmness of your mind; you do not feel anything. You just sit. But the calmness of your sitting will encourage you in your everyday life. So actually you will find the value of Zen in your everyday life, rather than while you sit. But this does not mean you should neglect zazen. Even though you do not feel anything when you sit, if you do not have this zazen experience, you cannot find anything; you just find weeds, or trees, or clouds in your daily life; you do not see the moon. That is why you are always complaining about something. But for Zen students a weed, which for most people is worthless, is a treasure. With this attitude, whatever you do, life becomes an art.
~ Shunryu Suzuki
From the book, "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, published by Weatherhill
All formal ways,
including martial arts,
and flower arrangement,
seem at first glance to be
ways of getting things done.
They really are ways beyond
just getting things done.
In all formal ways, you are
given a task to do and then
asked to go beyond thought
to become the action itself.
- Maverick Sutras
Along the Way
A stupid or simple person
is always ready to see
the wrong in another and ready to form an opinion
and to judge. But you will find a wise person
expressing his opinion of others quite differently,
always trying to tolerate and always trying to forgive
still more. The present is the reflection of the past,
and the future will be the echo of the present; this
saying will always prove true.
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
I have so much faith in you.
I believe I could wait for your voice
silently, through centuries of darkness.
~ Antonin Pozzi ~
All things are connected to each other.
None holds dominion over the other for all are equal.
There is no beginning. No ending to strive towards.
Everything is in a circle that moves only in the Now.
- Native American
art by Dusan Pajin view
Peaceful be heaven,
peaceful the earth, peaceful the broad space between. Peaceful
for us be the running waters, peaceful the plants and herbs!
Peaceful to us be the signs of the future, peaceful what is done
and undone, peaceful to us be what is and what will be. May all
to us be gracious!
- Atharva Veda 19.9
From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," © 2001 by Andrew Harvey. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.
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