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#192899 - 10/15/05 10:58 PM Re: Daily Zen [Re: JoelM]
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Quote:

And as to me,
I know nothing
else but miracles.

- Walt Whitman




In The Great Divorce there was a great demonstration of this. It's religious, but not offensive (I don't think ).

One of the angels was pointing out that a virgin birth was not such a miracle when one realizes that every birth is a miracle. Even when grass sprouts from the ground it's a miracle. God (the religious point) makes the baby grow, why such a miracle when no male is included?
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#192900 - 10/16/05 04:05 AM Re: Daily Zen [Re: Foolsgold]
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Having given up my right to truth and justice, how do I find myself in its midst? Once again, we find that only by giving something away can we come to possess it.

-Myself, pondering in the shower
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#192901 - 10/16/05 11:34 PM Re: Daily Zen [Re: Foolsgold]
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Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one.

- Turkish Proverb

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#192902 - 10/17/05 10:13 AM Re: Daily Zen [Re: JoelM]
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Q: What did the Zen Buddist say to the hot dog Vendor?
A: "Make me one with everything."
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#192903 - 10/17/05 11:12 AM Re: Daily Zen [Re: rideonlythelabel]
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#192904 - 10/17/05 11:39 AM Re: Daily Zen [Re: rideonlythelabel]
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I think that's more for the Funny Zen thread. But yes, funny.

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#192905 - 10/17/05 12:02 PM Re: Daily Zen [Re: rideonlythelabel]
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haha, "make me one with everything" .... good one

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#192906 - 10/18/05 12:43 PM Re: Daily Zen [Re: Christie]
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Heres two:

Whether people be of high or low birth, rich or poor, old or young, enlightened or confused, they
are all alike in that they will one day die. It is not that we don't know that we are going to die, but we grasp at
straws. While knowing that we will die someday, we think that all the others will die before us and that we will be the
last to go. Death seems a long way off.
--Hagakure, The Book of the Samurai--By Yamamoto Tsunetomo



Other people are happily gathered, as if readying to partake in an exquisite banquet, to view a spring parade. I stand alone, quietly, inconspicuously. Innocently, as if an infant not knowing how to smile; Aimlessly, as if a wanderer not knowing where to go. Other people have much to spare; I, alone, am bare. Perhaps my foolish heart. Common people glow; I, alone, am in the dark. Common people are alert; I, alone, am stark. Other people are skillful; I, alone am clumsy and bashful. I am different from others; I treasure being embraced by Direction. --Lao Tzu
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#192907 - 10/19/05 02:14 AM Re: Daily Zen [Re: Kujaku]
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Whether people be of high or low birth, rich or poor, old or young, enlightened or confused, they
are all alike in that they will one day die. It is not that we don't know that we are going to die, but we grasp at
straws. While knowing that we will die someday, we think that all the others will die before us and that we will be the last to go. Death seems a long way off.
--Hagakure, The Book of the Samurai--By Yamamoto Tsunetomo




Unfortunately there are too many that do go before us.

I believe there is a saying something like "while being focused on the goal, we lose track of the path." If we focus too much on death, then how can we actually live our lives. Know that it is there, just as our birth was there, just as so many of the steps behind and ahead are there, it is only another part of the journey.
Is it any more or less important than the other parts?

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#192908 - 10/19/05 08:06 AM Re: Daily Zen [Re: JoelM]
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"Is it any more or less important than the other parts?"

Yes, slightly.

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