AS THAT WHICH CANNOT CHANGE
ERASES ALL THAT ATTEMPTS USURPATION
OF TRUTH OF BEING
Turn the attention to what cannot change.
for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
to the gold mine, or water to the ocean.
Everything I came up with was like
taking spices to the Orient.
because you already have these.
Look at yourself and remember me.
–Jalal al-Din Rumi
must be the flowing of the giver unto me,
correspondant to my flowing unto him.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
(both bird photos are from above website)
A DEPTH OF SILENCE TAKING OVER
I'm drowning in debts up to my ears.
I'll have to pay for myself
with my self,
give up my life for my life.
Here's how it's arranged:
The heart can be repossessed,
the liver, too,
and each single finger and toe.
my debts will be repaid,
and I'll be fleeced,
or, more precisely, flayed.
I move about the planet
in a crush of other debtors.
some are saddled with the burden
of paying off their wings.
Others must, willy-nilly,
account for every leaf.
on the debit side.
Not a tenacle or tendril
is for keeps.
The inventory, infinitely detailed,
implies we'll be left
not just empty-handed
but handless too.
where, when, and why
I let someone open
this account in my name.
We call the protest against this
And it's the only item
not included on the list.
has ever left you feeling hopeless or inadequate,
you're not alone.
Anyone who has practiced earnestly for any length of time
has likely wrestled with the thinking mind,
motivated by a desire to evolve away from delusion
and toward awakening or enlightenment.
But what if our deluded minds
aren't a barrier to enlightenment at all?
used by Dogen Zenji.
Dogen used the term to address
the intimate and dynamic relationship between enlightenment and delusion:
"The ultimate paradox of Zen liberation
is said to lie in the fact that one attains enlightenment
in and through delusion itself,
never apart from it.
Enlightenment consists not so much in replacing
as in dealing with or negotiating delusion."
Dogen was saying that mind, or body-mind,
as he referred to it,
must be brought into the inherent intimacy between
what is illuminated in our lives and what is darkened,
that we must fully participate in the dance of these two,
continually twirling together and trading places.
the more clearly we can see our
own limitations, struggles, and suffering.
This is the true intimacy of Zen practice
and the mystical nature of zazen.
~~Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
we touch on our own delusions in a wise and everlasting understanding....