Archive for May, 2010

May 21, 2010

Being the world

A child sat at the window on a stormy night.
“What are you doing?” es mother asked.
“I am raining”, e replied.

You are one dimension of the world, but you can place yourself anywhere along that dimension. You can place your self in your brain, in your body, in humanity or in the world. None of those locations are wrong, though none are always right. If you are your brain, then you are also the world. But you must stop believing that you are always only your body: you are much else besides.

When your hand hurts, you can be your brain and try to ignore the pain. When others are suffering you can be humanity and help your self. And sometimes, you should also practice being the world. Because you are also the world thinking about itself. You are, in fact, the world experiencing itself.

When you hear a bird in the tree, say: i am that bird, or: i am that twittering. Say: i, the world, am singing to myself in a tree. Every now and then, practice being the world. Practice stretching your self to encompass everything; when that self snaps back a few minutes later, perhaps it will take on a slightly wider, or at least more accurate, shape.

When speaking of your self, say: i, the world.

May 16, 2010

The martyr’s time

A martyr was being led to the gallows. His executioner turned to him and said: “You have lost everything, and now i will take the only thing you have left: your life.” But the martyr laughed: “You have taken nothing away, and my life is absolutely safe: i will always have existed.”

May 16, 2010

On being good

The world is like a young man who greatly desired to meet a famous sage. He travelled for many days, but when he arrived at the monastery the monks would not allow him to disturb their master. So he pulled out his knife and killed everyone who stood in his way. When he had made it to the sage’s room, he bowed low and asked humbly: “What must i do to be good?”

May 16, 2010

The world might be like a weeping child who realizes e isn’t sad, and smiles.

May 16, 2010

A young monk learns the hard way

A young monk went to his Zen master and asked: “Is there a god?” And the Zen master hit him on the head with a stick. Then he asked “Is there no god?” And the Zen master hit him again with the stick. Finally, he said to the master: “I now understand that there is a god and there is no god. I understand that god is incomprehensible.” But the master hit him once again with the stick. Finally the monk complained: “I don’t understand anything!” And the Zen master handed him the stick.

May 16, 2010

An old woman sat on a park bench by a lake.
“What are you looking at?” asked a passerby.
“My self”, she replied.

May 16, 2010


A child sat at the window on a stormy night.
“What are you doing?” es* mother asked.
“I am raining”, e* replied.

*On the pronoun “e” see this post.