"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Hut in Spring

or                                                             Zen and the Art of Science
Two Blind Men Crossing a Log Bridge

Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768)
My hut, in spring: true, 
there is nothing in it,
there is Everything!

Yamaguchi Sodo (1642-1716)
Ryoan-ji - The Temple of the Dragon at Peace
is a Zen temple located in Kyoto, Japan. 
It is of the Myoshin-ji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism
Carl Sagan -The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
Gone, and a million things leave no trace
Loosed, and it flows through the galaxies
A fountain of light, into the very mind--
Not a thing,
and yet it appears before me:
Now I know the pearl of the Buddha-nature
Know its use: a boundless perfect sphere.
HanShan (circa 630) 

Studying texts and stiff meditation
can make you lose your Original Mind.
A solitary tune by a fisherman, though,
can be an invaluable treasure.
Dusk rain on the river,
the moon peeking in and out of the clouds;
Elegant beyond words,
he chants his songs night after night
Ikkyu (1394-1481)

In its eye the far off hills are mirrored
Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

A special transmission outside the teachings;
not depending on words or letters;
directly pointing to Mind;
realizing one's True Nature
and becoming Buddha."
First Patriarch of Zen Buddhism

All sentient beings are essentially Buddhas.
As with water and ice,
there is no ice without water;
apart from sentient beings,
 there are no Buddhas.
Not knowing how close the truth is,
we seek it far away --what a pity!
Break the Illusion of Limitation
I believe Zen, Art and Science to be representational media.
When done well, it is only a finger pointing
but should provoke thought and stir emotion.

"Whether you are going or staying
or sitting or lying down,
the whole world is your own self.
You must find out
whether the mountains, rivers, grass, and forests
exist in your own mind or exist outside it.
Analyze the ten thousand things,
dissect them minutely,
and when you take this to the limit
you will come to the limitless,
when you search into it you come to the end of search,
where thinking goes no further and distinctions vanish.
When you smash the citadel of doubt,
then the Buddha is simply yourself."
Chaos Theory and Fractal Art
A 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.
Ikkyu (1394-1481)

Quantum Art - Theory from an Artist

Empathetic Civilization
Jeremy Rifkin

To study the buddha way
is to study the self.
To study the self
 is to forget the self.
To forget the self
 is to be enlightened
by the ten thousand dharmas.
To be enlightened
 by the ten thousand dharmas
is to free one's body and mind 
and those of others.
No trace of enlightenment remains,
and this traceless enlightenment
 is continued forever.
Dogen (1200 - 1253)

When walking, walk.
When sitting, sit.
Above all, don't wobble.

No gate stands on public roads;
There are paths of various kinds;
Those who pass this barrier
Walk freely throughout the universe

Yes, I’m truly a dunce. 
Living among trees and plants.
Please don’t question me about
illusion and enlightenment --
This fellow just likes to smile to himself.
I wade across streams with bony legs,
And carry a bag about in fine spring weather.
That’s my life, And the world owes me  nothing.
Ryokan 1758–1831

Mountains and plains,
all are taken by the snow --
 nothing remains.
Naito Joso (1661-1704)

How the universe appeared from nothing

The body is the tree of enlightenment,
The mind like a clear mirror stand;
Time and again wipe it diligently,
Don't let it gather dust.
Shenxiu (circa 638)

Enlightenment is basically not a tree,
And the clear mirror is not a stand.

 there is not a single thing
 Where can dust collect?

Sixth Zen Patriarch in China 638-713

Lawrence Krauss Life, the Universe & Nothing

From the first,
No thing is

Sixth Zen Patriarch in China 638-713

[Dragon rising over Mount Fuji]. 
Between 1890 and 1920

You cannot take hold of it, 
but you cannot lose it,
In not being able to get,
you get it.
When you are silent,
it speaks;
When you speak,
it is silent.

Cheng-tao Ke

I gained not one thing
from Absolute Awakening
and that is why it is called
 Absolute Awakening
Siddhārtha Gautama
 563 BCE to 483 BCE

Follow your nature
and accord with the Tao;
Saunter along and stop worrying.
If your thoughts are tied
you spoil what is genuine...
Don't be antagonistic
to the world of the senses,
For when you are not
antagonistic to it,
It turns out to be the same as
complete Awakening.
The wise person does not strive;
The ignorant man ties himself up...
If you work on your mind
with your mind,
How can you avoid
an immense confusion?
Seng-ts'an 606


© 2012 MU Peter Shimon

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