July 23rd, 2011

Hsu Yun: This is an exquisite truth:

This is an exquisite truth:
Saints and ordinary folks are the same from the start.
Inquiring about a difference
Is like asking to borrow string
when you've got a good strong rope.
Every Dharma is known in the heart.
After a rain, the mountain colors intensify.
Once you become familiar with the design of fate's illusions
Your ink-well will contain all of life and death.

Hsu Yun: This is an exquisite truth:

Also read Ivan Granger's commentary on this poem.

Writer's Block: Life imitating art

Which movie or book character are you most like, and why?

I read few novels and watch movies to be entertained, not to read about or see people like me.  I did identify with Christopher (whose name was a lie) the teen age autistic narrator and self styled "hero" of The Curious Incident of the Dog that Cried in the Nighttime.,  Sure, he was sixty years my junior, good at math, British, and not as accepting of the neurotypical  world.  He also cannot abide lies or tell them;; nevertheless, i saw myself in him throughout the book.  His dream of a cataclysm leaving him the only human in the world, a world where he is finally happy, was both heartbreaking and resonant.