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26.10.1997 - Interpretation of dali48
A Zen-monk should be in the world, though not of her: an unnamed power for enlightenment, in society, and being effective by this - If he is at all lonely, then in the sense of that loneliness which is inevitably associated with a high wisdom! - He can not separate himself from other beings, for in every creature he sees his other ego - If, therefore, there is any separation, then only because of the barrier which others build against him - for fear of his wisdom or indifference towards it - It is not the selfish isolation of the hermit who tries to obtain spiritual freedom through physical freedom, for the Bodhisattva knows that the two are independent of each other - A man may be free to travel wherever he pleases, yet there is no place on earth where he can escape his own karma... - And whether he lives on a mountain or in a great city, he can always and everywhere be the victim of an uncontrolled thought - For man's "karma", like his shadow, continues with him, and indeed it is his shadow - because it is said, "Man blocks himself the light, and is astonished that it is so dark"... (A. Watts)
Zen master to the warden: "Beware of thinking low of this one rice-grain, because 100,000 of the grains go out of it!"... - For the last fifty years, we have experienced how natural science was misused for all sorts of pernicious, immoral, and antisocial things - For Zen, stiffness and symmetry were unnatural and dead, too perfect to allow for growth and change!... - Just as it is impossible to describe to a blind one from birth the splendor of the sunset - It is not possible to find words that could express the wisdom to men of lesser insight!... - And after finding it, what a word he should send out of heights, where the vehicle of speech does not find a track in order to roll on it? - For this reason, keep silence to the interrogators - silence, and one finger which is pointing the way - There is nothing "beyond" in Zen - For this is a perpetual mental attitude which is equally applicable to the washing of clothes - and to the performance of religious duties... (A. Watts)
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