“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

Monday, January 23, 2012

Objects in the Lankāvatāra Sutra

In your face, nihilists. This is quoted in the first book in English by an actual Zen Buddhist, D.T. Suzuki:

The saline crystal and its red-bluishness,
The milky sap and its sweetness,
Various flowers and their fruits,
The sun and the moon and their luminosity:
These are neither separable nor inseparable.

In other words, essence and appearance, or real and sensual objects.

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