“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Zen Intimacy

Someone who had just heard my interview shared this story with me:

One monk is preparing to go on a pilgrimage. A second monk comes up and asks “What are you doing?” The first monk tells him. The second monk asks “Why?” The first monk thinks for a moment and says “I don't know.” The second monk laughs and slaps his knee and says “Ah! Not knowing is most intimate!”

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