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Some Illusions Before Dawn

Some Illusions Before Dawn

  Forty Illusions Before Midnight   Birds never fly away Fish never swim away The sun never sets We are idiots of ego The only revolutions That matter are the violent ones The ones that force us to cast off Me mine me mine The only revolutions that matter Are those that reveal All is relative All is contingent and evanescent Like the leaf that falls because  She says so The earth is not the center Man is not the…

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2012 Zen

2012 Zen

Have decided to take the plunge. Jump in. No longer just an observer. I will practice. I will breathe zazen. I will contain all opposites and not look back. Will do Mu and find emptiness in all forms and form in all emptiness. Will do what is necessary to eliminate I. The wheel. The great karmic wheel. How to get off it. Why wait? Why wait a thousand lifetimes? Why not now? Total immediacy, total naturalness, complete such-ness. Now. Within…

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Zen Poem

Zen Poem

  Nothing to learn   Sitting still and awesome like a mountain No-I thought of nothing Half-way home Master Hsueng asked No-I “Why do you think of nothing With great intent?” And No-I said “Through concentration on nothing I am liberated.” Thwack came the bamboo stick Gong gong gong rang the bell Birds cawed as they fled into the blue sky Their sky their home “Master, why did you strike me!” No-I asked in great pain No longer still or…

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Salinger’s Perfect Day

Salinger’s Perfect Day

We have a new review on tap. Rebecca Parton rereads The Catcher in the Rye and gives us her vivid impressions below. J.D. Salinger was born in 1919 and still lives among us. He may or may not be writing new fiction, though we have had various reports over the years that he has created and cataloged numerous works. Unfortunately, we will probably have to wait for his death to see those works. His last published piece was in 1965,…

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