thursday’s special: vision

Vision:  Unable to see things clearly unless they are relatively close to the eyes, owing to the focusing of rays of light by the eye at a point in front of the retina; myopic

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The Six Blind Men & the Elephant, a famous Hindu fable that tells the story of six blind sojourners that come across different parts of an elephant. In turn, each blind man creates his own version of reality from that limited experience and perspective. The video below is a illustrated version sharing an aged truth about our human condition and the relation between relative and absolute truth.

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gifts from heaven

The cloud-covered sky

is all open.

The heart of takuhatsu*

as it is –

a gift from heaven.

~Ryokan (Sky Above Great Wind, K Tanahashi)

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*takuhatsu – alms-begging.  Ryokan relied only on the fruits of takahassu for his food and substance.

interconnected

When you look at a leaf or a raindrop, meditate on all the conditions, near and distant, that have contributed to the presence of that leaf or raindrop. Know that the world is woven of interconnected threads. This is, because that is. This is not, because that is not. This is born because that is born. This dies, because that dies.

The birth and death of any dharma are connected to the birth and death of all other dharms. The one contains the many and the many contain the one. Without the one, there cannot be the many. Without the many, there cannot be the one.

…the interconnected links consist of many layers and levels…

~Thich Nhat Hanh (Old Path White Clouds)

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