Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow...
A DEAD TREE
Visitor: Apart from Chontri, who else here wants to be like a dead tree?
We will never evolve further if we try to hide in the death all our lives, scared to come out and play and negating thought - thought which creates technological advances, medical advances, and artistic advances etc.
Agreed, thought creates problems, but if one's thoughts aim for the soul then the evolution is fine, without reason to kill it or make it sterile. Zen is about creation. Life is about creation.
CT: If there were no death, then there were no life; this means there would be no evolution which someone like you has thought about. Life and death are always together.
Death itself make life more beautiful and sacred. Human beings love life because death makes it value and precious.
When you see death comes to you, it wakes you up and you will love life more than ever. To live is to die and to die is to live.
Only those who do not see and understand what death is will be scared to death. And because they are so scared of death, they do not know how to live their lives meaningfully before they die. Oh ho! How pity!
Visitor: Another nonsense answer from a man pretending to be dead and empty. I'll use your phrase against yourself - How pity!!!
CT: It's o.k. because you got what you thought. The deluded old man is sleepy now, he'd like to take a nap.
If you'd like to go against or to fight against, just find someone else and do it with taht person. This would be better for you.
In case, you can't find anyone else, just fight against yourself. And this would be a lot of fun!
Good luck again!
Visitor & CT 04/07/03
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