The Zen Master’s Take


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The Zen Master’s Take on the Majjhima Nikaya

 

People throw all manner of clean and unclean things

into rivers like the Connecticut River,

yet the water is neither troubled nor repelled nor disgusted.

 

People toss all manner of clean and unclean things

into flaming trash barrels and smoldering city dumps

yet fire burns all

and is neither troubled nor repelled nor disgusted.

 

People loose kites and scraps of paper and butterflies from cupped hands

into the air already teeming with sparrows and bumblebees and wasps and flying ants

and yet the air is neither troubled nor repelled nor disgusted.

 

People send rockets into space and prayers and shouts and curses,

yet Space, which is nowhere established,

is neither troubled nor repelled or disgusted.

 

Develop a state of mind of friendliness

for ill-will will grow less

and compassion

for vexation will grow less

and joy

for aversion will grow less

and equanimity

for repugnance will grow less.

 

Also, remember to stop for doughnuts

and use extra milk in your coffee, or half and half,

or even, if you would lighten your mood, use heavy cream.

 

-Dick Allen

 

 

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