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
for vexation will grow less
for aversion will grow less
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.