What Is There Beyond Knowing? -- Mary Oliver
What Is There Beyond
What is there beyond knowing
calling to me? I can't
turn in any direction
it's there. I don't mean
the leaves' grip and shine
or even the thrush's
silk song, but the far-off
fires, for example,
the stars, heaven's slowly turning
theater of light, or the
playful with its breath;
or time that's always
or standing still
in the same -- what shall I
What I know
I could put
into a pack
as if it were bread and
cheese, and carry it
on one shoulder,
important and honorable, but
While everything else continues, unexplained
and unexplainable. How
wonderful it is
to follow a thought quietly
to its logical end.
have done this a few times.
But mostly I just stand in
the dark field,
in the middle of the world, breathing
in and out. Life so
far doesn't have any other name
but breath and light, wind and
If there's a temple, I
haven't found it yet.
I simply go on drifting, in the heaven of the
and the weeds.
~ Mary Oliver ~
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~ Jonathan Swift
A wooden chicken is swimming in
A stone fish is playing in the sky.
Form-body and karma-body
come from thinking.
Dharma-body is pure and clear and infinite
In time and
On the water of a thousand rivers,
A thousand moons are
There are no clouds over ten thousand miles,
Only blue sky for
ten thousand miles.
book, Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen
Master Seung Sahn,
published by Grove Press Books.
posted to Daily
"We are always putting
the question of what is possible.
If you put an impossible
your mind then has to find
the answer in terms of the impossible - not what is possible."
posted by Ben
Even if you can explain
thousands of sutras and shastras,
unless you see your own nature, yours is
the teaching of a moral, not a Buddha.
This is what religions have done for thousands of years.
taught that the words are what is important.
Remember, even what you are
reading here is not important.
What is important is your True
posted to Conscious
The gods are less for their love
Above and below them all is a spirit that needs nothing
its own wholeness, its health and ours.
It has made all things by dividing
It will be whole again.
To its joy we come together --
seer and the seen, the eater and the eaten,
the lover and the loved.
our joining it knows itself. It is with us then,
not as the gods whose names
crest in unearthly fire,
but as a little bird hidden in the leaves
sings quietly and waits, and sings.
~ Wendell Berry
If all of life is our
then every moment a koan arises
that stops the conditioned
and how we think or see or listen then
is all part of it
The fundamental koan
shatters the conceptual mindeventually.
What is left?
And watching Soufi the cat.
He is so majestically
His eyes wide open:
Hearing the raindrops against the
What you say above I can see as well.
The purpose of
my life is to be here, to be here awake, and to breathe.
There is no other
goal, no other purpose than being here as I amas I am awake.
It is hardly a
Though it is better than good.
I am nothing fixed,
not in oneness, nor in emptiness, not in flux or any other thing.
I float as
all things interconnected against the palette of emptiness.
Other than that I
am that rock of reality.
I am that rock because I am nothing in
During class I couldnt speak,
and was taken away by
the view outside,
autumn trees blowing in the wind.
Guess we are
not supposed to speak of that in class J
You can see cosmic
infinity in eyes,
and are in love with everything:
There is not a thing in the world.