Monday, April 11, 2005

FOR YOUR CONTEMPLATION

Two monks were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

"Come on," said the first monk. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

The second monk did not speak again until that night when they had reached a lodging temple. Then he could no longer restrain himself.

"We monks don't go near females," he said. "It is dangerous. Why did you do that?"

"I left the girl there," the first monk said. "Are you still carrying her?"

- Zen story

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We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.
- H.L. Mencken

Must it be? It must be.
- Beethoven

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
- G.K. Chesterton

You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair.
- Deshimaru

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
- Tao Te Ching

The map is not the territory.
- Alfred Korzybski

The more you know, the less you understand.
- Tao Te Ching

1 Comments:

Blogger Phil said...

I find myself falling for the 'Zen' situation way too often.

8:07 PM  

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