Four Zen monks were meditating in a monastery. All of a sudden the prayer flag on the roof started flapping. The younger monk came out of his meditation and said: "Flag is flapping" A more experienced monk said: "Wind is flapping" A third monk who had been there for more than 20 years said: "Mind is flapping." The fourth monk who was the eldest said, visibly annoyed: "Mouths are flapping!"
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Dogen on the words and behavior of the Ancestors
"…abandon contemplation in your own mind of the doctrines you have originally learned, and just gradually shift your mind over to the words and behavior of the Patriarchal teachers which you are now reading. If you do so, your wisdom will advance and your understanding open up.
~Dogen - Shobogenzo-Zuimonki, 2:4 (Record of Things Heard, Thomas Cleary)