One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters, has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
Pronunciation [luhv] 1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another
This love is not zen. A "person" is an idea in a body. It
was made up and shoved down the throat of that body of yours ever since it was
born. This love requires two "people". It is nice in a
dream for a dream. It doesn't seem to have the potential to do anyone any
good at understanding what is true or "waking up".
2. a feeling of warm
personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
This love is not zen. This love is actually greed. You only love
what you get from some else.
3. sexual passion or
This seems to be biological attraction.
4. a person toward
whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
Why do you love this person? You love what they can offer you: body
parts, intelligence, personality, security, someone to pass the time with.
5. (used in direct
address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like): Would you like to see
6. a love affair; an intensely amorous incident; amour.
7. sexual intercourse; copulation.
8. (initial capital letter ) a personification of sexual
affection, as Eros or Cupid.
concern for the well-being of others: the love of one's neighbor.
This love is not zen. You "love your neighbor" because it is a
culturally hip thing to do. You love the idea of being a loving
person. What has your neighbor done for you lately?
predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything: her love of books.
You love the books because you get a kick out of it.
11. the object or
thing so liked: The theater was her great love.
12. the benevolent
affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to
This love is not zen.Zen is not about
being the center of attention, being showered in god’s or buddha’s love, or
being in an elevated state of purple pink heart third eye consciousness.It is not about having a following or
reciting mantras or doing postures or being vegetarian.It is not about loving others or being your
brother’s keeper.It’s not about how
much you love god or about how much god loves you.
Chiefly Tennis. a score of zero; nothing.
This love could be zen.
14. a word formerly
used in communications to represent the letter L.
I liked the dictionary play.... Some of us(ok me!) just need to be reminded....told....exposed to what is real.... and you all dynamically beautiful at it... Yah I said me.... Isnt that like a swear word or something?
Every other word-experience identified samely (but individually)?
35. Every-Minute Zen
Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others. Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella. After greeting him Nan-in remarked: "I suppose you left your wodden clogs in the vestibule. I want to know if your umbrella is on the right or left side of the clogs."
Tenno, confused, had no instant answer. He realized that he was unable to carry his Zen every minute. He became Nan-in's pupil, and he studied six more years to accomplish his every-minute Zen.