my nose wrinkles at the smell of incense

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master’s

handiwork cannot

be measured but still priests wag

their tongues explaining the “Way” and

babbling about “Zen.” This old monk has never

cared for false piety and my nose

wrinkles at the dark smell of

incense before the

Buddha.

 

Crazy Cloud

speaks of Daito’s unsurpassed

brilliance but the clatter of royal carriages

about the temple gates drowns him out and no

one listens to tales of the Patriarch’s long

years of hunger and homelessness

beneath Gojo

Bridge.

 

Ikkyu

__________

In order to deepen his Zen understanding, Daito Kokushi (also known as Shuho Myocho, 1281-1338), the founder of Daitoku-ji, passed a number of years hiding out amoung the beggars clustered about Kyoto’s Gojo Bridge.

knowing what is enough is freedom

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Which

is more precious,

fame or health? Which is more

valuable, health or wealth?

Which is more harmful,

winning or

losing?

 

The more

excessive your love,

the greater your suffering.

The longer you hoard,

the heavier your

losses.

 

Knowing

what is enough is freedom.

Knowing when to stop is safety.

Practice these, and

you’ll endure.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 46


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the superior leader is like a mountain snake

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The

skillful generals

of the past knew to drive

wedges between an army’s front

and rear, to prevent its small and large

forces from relying upon one another, to stop good

soldiers from rescuing bad, officers from rallying troops,

troops from regrouping, the army from organizing.  When

advantageous, they struck; when not, they stayed still. 

When their opponents were well organized and

ready to attack, they seized what he held 

most dear and thus made him

meeker…

 

In short, 

the superior leader 

is like the snake that lives 

in the mountains: strike at his head, 

and the tail will come at you; strike at 

his tail, and the head will bite; 

strike at the middle, and 

both will attack 

at once. 

 

from The Art of War, Chapter XI

 

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be the same all the way through

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Be the same

all the way through:

quiet, still, at home. In the

absence of mind, all phenomena

can be seen for what they

are — empty. This is

freedom.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 26

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