Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, XII -- Rainer Maria Rilke
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Sonnets to Orpheus, Part
Bless the spirit that makes
for truly we live in what we imagine.
Clocks move along side
our real life
with steps that are ever the same.
Though we do not know our
we are held in place by what links us.
antennas sense each other.
Pure attention, the essence
of the powers!
Distracted by each day's doing,
how can we hear the
Even as the farmer
there where the seed turns into summer,
it is not his work.
It is Earth who gives.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
(In Praise of Mortality,
translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)
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Hui-tzu said to Chuang-tzu, "I have
a gigantic tree, but its
trunk is too gnarled for the plumb line and its
twisted for the ruler: even if it were set in the middle of the
road, carpenters would pay no attention to it. What you say
grandiose but useless, rejected by everyone alike."
"Have you not seen a wildcat? It lowers
itself close to the ground to watch
for careless prey; it leaps this
way and that, light and low, but then gets
caught in a trap and
dies. A yak, on the other hand, is enormous; it can do
but cannot catch a rat. Now you have a huge tree and worry
that it is useless: why not plant it in the vast plain of the homeland
of Nothing Whatsoever, roaming in effortlessness by its side and
sleeping in freedom beneath it? The reason it does not fall to the
and no one injures it, is that it cannot be exploited. So what's
From: 'Vitality Energy Spirit - A Taoist
Translated and Edited by Thomas
posted by Gill Eardley to
Buddhist teachings are
prescriptions given according to specific
ailments, to clear away the roots
of your compulsive habits and
clean out your emotional views, just so you
can be free and clear,
naked and clean, without problems.
There is no
real doctrine at all for you to chew on or squat over.
If you will not
believe in yourself, you pick up your baggage and
go around to other
people's houses looking for Zen, looking for
Tao, looking for mysteries,
looking for marvels, looking for
buddhas, looking for Zen masters, looking
You think this is searching for the ultimate, and you make
your religion, but this is like running blindly to the east to get
something that is in the west. The more you run, the further away
are, and the more you hurry the later you become. You just
tire yourself, to
what benefit in the end?
Zen Master Yuansou
'Zen Essence' Translated
and Edited by Thomas Cleary
posted by Gill Eardley to Allspirit
"Dawn breaking as I
with the white sweat of the dew
on the green, new grass.
in the cold, quiet as
if it were the world beginning;
Peeling and eating a
I have many sorrows,
dawn is not one of them."
Derek Walcott (Nobel prize winner)
posted by Mazie Lane to