By James P. Carse

This used to be precise mystical imaginative and prescient. This i may by no means have expected. yet I knew that we have been either at the similar galactic trip into the nice void that includes us all. i used to be status ahead of a boundlessness which could swallow the celebs in a heartbeat.--from Breakfast on the Victory

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Chuang 41 James P. ” Unnatural, artificial, contrary acts, that is, those that can originate only in human beings, fracture the unity of the whole. My goal was to weed them out of myself. Another teaching I did not know I needed came when I mentioned to a friend that I often meditate outdoors, usually leaning against the old beaver stump by the pond, but sometimes while walking through the woods. I admitted that there are frequent distractions in this practice, such as the time my meditation was interrupted by the song of a bird I had never before identified.

We knew before we went up Mt. Washington what would happen, so we learned nothing doing it. For the students, the whole thing had to be a waste of time, a cost they didn’t want to pay. ” “The role of the teacher is absolutely crucial here, isn’t it? When we lose something without knowing why, we don’t necessarily learn anything from it. ” “Sure, the students didn’t know it was a different mountain until the teacher told them. ” “That’s interesting,” I responded. ” 48 An Eye for Killing Buddhas Alice thought for a moment.

The birds didn’t know where they were but they weren’t lost. They knew where they were going even if they had never been there before. This is the kind of paradox that can make inquisitive six-year-olds into dialectical thinkers; that is, into truly annoying pests. ” If as adults we are annoyed by questions like this, it is not because they are unanswerable but because the answers raise even larger questions about the certainties that come with being adults. We know where we are but are we really so sure we’re not lost?

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