Thursday, October 13, 2016

Let's Read (2): Little Zen Companion

Question 1:
"Ah, but I was so much older than that then. I'm younger now."
Bob Dylan

Like most koans this is initially a contradictory statement. They're set up that way to allow you to think about them. Rather than being a direct communication, they are a point of interest. In Zen Buddhism the state of nothing is sought, where you are at peace, meditation can help you reach that as you contemplate a phrase and let your random thoughts that day cluster around the phrase, rather than your usual worries.

"A wise man is a happy child,"

Maybe this saying is not as confusing now. As I mentioned in the previous entry the book begins with the statement "In the beginner's mine there are many possibilities, but in the experts mind there are few." Shunryu Suzuki.

What sort of things did you notice as you were thinking about Question 1? What changed in your thinking? And what did you make of the saying that may have been different from where I guided you?

We'll return to the beginning of the book now and expand. Since the question presented seems relatively easy, let's try something harder from Suzuki.

Question 2
"The world is it's own magic."
Shunryu Suzuki

What do you make of the question?

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize while I was busy quoting him- if you're looking for a sign that it's time to practice a little Zen, that might be it :)

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