By Thomas Merton
Classic writings from the good Zen grasp in beautiful models by way of Thomas Merton, in a brand new variation with a preface by way of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
operating from present translations, Thomas Merton composed a sequence of his personal models of the vintage sayings of Chuang Tzu, the main religious of chinese language philosophers. Chuang Tzu, who wrote within the fourth and 3rd centuries B.C., is the executive actual ancient spokesperson for Taoism and its founder Lao Tzu (a mythical personality identified mostly via Chuang Tzu’s writings). certainly it used to be as a result of Chuang Tzu and the opposite Taoist sages that Indian Buddhism used to be remodeled, in China, into the original car we now name via its jap name―Zen.
The chinese language sage abounds in wit and paradox and shattering insights into the genuine floor of being. Thomas Merton, no stranger to Asian inspiration, brings a bright, sleek idiom to the undying knowledge of Tao.
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He is going his manner with out hoping on others And doesn't satisfaction himself On jogging on my own. whereas he doesn't keep on with the gang He won’t bitch of these who do. Rank and gift Make no entice him; shame and disgrace don't deter him. he isn't consistently having a look For correct and incorrect consistently figuring out “Yes” or “No. ” The ancients stated, for that reason: “The guy of Tao is still unknown excellent advantage Produces not anything ‘No-Self’ Is ‘True-Self. ’ And the best guy Is not anyone. ” [xvii. three. ] THE TURTLE Chuang Tzu together with his bamboo pole used to be fishing in Pu river. The Prince of Chu despatched vice-chancellors With a proper rfile: “We hereby employ you top Minister. ” Chuang Tzu held his bamboo pole. nonetheless staring at Pu river, He acknowledged: “I am informed there's a sacred tortoise, provided and canonized 3 thousand years in the past, commemorated by way of the prince, Wrapped in silk, In a priceless shrine On an altar within the Temple. “What do you're thinking that: Is it higher to renounce one’s existence And go away a sacred shell As an item of cult In a cloud of incense 3 thousand years, Or larger to dwell As a undeniable turtle Dragging its tail within the dust? ” “For the turtle,” stated the Vice-Chancellor, “Better to reside And drag its tail within the dust! ” “Go domestic! ” stated Chuang Tzu. “Leave me the following to pull my tail within the dust! ” [xvii. II. ] OWL AND PHOENIX Hui Tzu used to be top Minister of Liang. He had what he believed to be inside of info that Chuang Tzu coveted his publish and was once exciting to supplant him. actually, whilst Chuang Tzu came over Liang, the major Minister despatched out the police to recognize him. The police hunted for him 3 days and 3 nights, yet in the meantime Chuang awarded himself earlier than Hui Tzu of his personal accord, and acknowledged: “Have you heard concerning the chicken That lives within the south The Phoenix that by no means grows previous? “This timeless Phoenix Rises out of the South Sea And flies to the ocean of the North, by no means alighting other than on sure sacred timber. he'll contact no nutrients however the such a lot beautiful infrequent fruit, beverages in basic terms From clearest springs. “Once an owl Chewing a lifeless rat Already half-decayed, observed the Phoenix fly over, seemed up, And screeched with alarm, Clutching the rat to himself In worry and dismay. “Why are you so frantic Clinging for your ministry And screeching at me In dismay? ” [xvii. 12. ] the enjoyment OF FISHES Chuang Tzu and Hui Tzu have been crossing Hao river by way of the dam. Chuang stated: “See how unfastened The fishes bounce and dart: that's their happiness. ” Hui answered: “Since you're not a fish How are you aware What makes fishes chuffed? ” Chuang stated: “Since you're not I how will you potentially understand That i don't be aware of What makes fishes chuffed? ” Hui argued: “If I, no longer being you, can't understand what you recognize It follows that you simply now not being a fish can't comprehend what they recognize. ” Chuang stated: “Wait a minute! allow us to come again To the unique query. What you requested me was once ‘How are you aware What makes fishes satisfied? ’ From the phrases of your query You obviously understand i do know What makes fishes satisfied.