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...
THE SUN & THE LAKE
CT: The sun does not intend to cast its beams on the lake; The lake does not intend to reflect the sun's beams, either. When the sun is gone, no trace of the beams left in the body of water, nor any moisture carried on the beams of the sun.
Doreen: And yet the effect is beautiful to behold if one is aware at the moment...
Lynn: "when the sun is gone"... where does it go?
CT: Just wait until the sun appears and ask your question.
CT: Ms. Doreen, Yes. It's the meaning of life itself and not what we think out and put to it.
stephen: "Beauty creates a beautiful mind. A beautiful mind becomes positive and a positive mind leads to prosperity. Poverty is thus eliminated.
"On the contrary, upon seeing something ugly one's mind becomes ugly and negative, which leads to poverty and suffering."
The question becomes how to judge beauty? I would think one can not judge beauty for we learn its signs and forms from those who have gone before us. Beauty must exist in the moment and just is. MU
Lynn: and I will recognize the sun?
CT & Visitors 0/03/04
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