A short chapter on "metaphor", from the terrific book, Zen Master Raven.
“More important than Buddhism, or Zen, or anything, is waking up. The Buddha was not a Buddhist. He was a ‘wake up’ person and what he woke up to is something everybody already has. Buddhism is not going to help you. Waking up is going to help the whole world.”
~ Zen Master Dae Kwang (from KwanUmZen.org)
When I first started learning Zen I didn’t understand the quote shown in this image, and I truly was a carpet to walk on. Then I woke up and thought, “You need to run your business. You need to find the middle way between accepting ‘just this’ and what you need to do to be successful at work.”
It would have been helpful if I had seen this quote then, but the book, Making Zen Your Own, wasn’t available then.
From an interview with Zen Master Bon Shim, for people who live with a lot of fear, worries, and insecurity:
Question: Do you feel that Zen has helped you?
Zen Master Bon Shim: Yes, yes, tremendously. I was a different person forty years ago. I was always very scared, scared of life, of people, of situations.
In the third line of Alanis Morissette’s song, Thank You, she sings, “How about them transparent dangling carrots?” In this article I’ll take a little look at what that line means.
This made me wonder how a Zen student is supposed to drive a car when mountains aren’t mountains and rivers aren’t rivers (and presumably, roads aren’t roads).