contemplating snow clouds —
whitened landscape, I am part
of the winter scene ~bckofford
“The Wind” challenge offered by Traveling at Wits End
Although we think the past is gone and the future is not yet here, if we look deeply we see that reality is more than that. The past exists in the guise of the present because the present is made from the past. In this teaching, if we establish ourselves firmly in the present and touch the present moment deeply, we also touch the past and have the power to repair it. That is a wonderful teaching and practice. We don’t have to bear our wound forever. We are all unmindful at times; we have made mistakes in the past. It does not mean that we have to always carry that guilt without transforming it. Touch the present deeply and you touch the past. Take care of the present and you can repair the past. The practice of beginning anew is a practice of the mind. Once you realize what mistake you made in the past, you are determined never to do it again. Then the wound is healed. It is a wonderful practice.
~Thich Nhat Hanh & Melvin McLeod (The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh)
It is said that an education is a 1000-year worth thing. But a learning institute responsible for that education has forgotten its role already and children are becoming tired each day with the violence and irrationalities inside.
Your Highness, please settle this educational environment that has taken a wrong path and restrengthen the foundation of the nation.
~Jeong Yak Yong, “Korean Mystery Detective”
Clear waters unchanged
in a meadow
I saw once long ago
will you remember
this face of mine?
~Saigyō (B Watson, Poems of a Mountain Home)
For a table to exist, we need wood, a carpenter, time, skillfulness, and many other causes. And each of these causes needs other causes to exist. The wood needs the forest, the sunshine, the rain, and so on. The carpenter needs his parents, breakfast, fresh air, and so on. And each of these things, in turn, has to be brought about by other conditions. If we look in this way, we’ll see that nothing has been left out. Everything in the cosmos has come together to bring us this table. Looking deeply at the sunshine, the leaves on the tree, and the clouds, we can see the table. The one can be seen in the all, and the all can be seen in the one.
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
If one’s mind is elsewhere,
one will look but not see,
listen but not hear.
~Confucian axion (cited: F Bowers, The Classic of Tradition of Haiku)