Every Moment A New View PDF Print E-mail
Written by Edward Larson   
Monday, 18 January 2010 04:19

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Photographer Brouton Stroube hung his subjects up by their feet before taking their picture. The results are subtly strange and compelling. Under strain, veins surface and swell. Smiles stretch, hair sometimes seems to rise up and loose skin seems to lift. How many different views of the same subject are there? What is revealed was always there, yet a moment later, ungraspable, only the image echoes on.

 

R.H.Blyth wrote: “Zen is the unsymbolization of the world.” It is a matter of existing in that empty and entirely natural space before thought, before judgment, be it aversion, craving, or boredom, color our perceptions. It is a matter of fully inhabiting the present and relating to life and things, just as they are.

 

The Thief Who Became a Disciple 

One evening, as Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras, a thief with a sharp sword entered, demanding either his money or his life. Shichiri told him: “Do not disturb me. You can find the money in that drawer.” Then he resumed his recitation. A little while afterward, he stopped and called: “Don’t take it all. I need some to pay taxes with tomorrow.” The intruder gathered up most of the money and started to leave. “Thank a person when you receive a gift,” Shichiri added. The man thanked him and made off. A few days afterward, the fellow was caught and confessed, among others, the offense against Shichiri. When Shichiri was called as a witness, he said: “This man is no thief, at least as far as I am concerned. I gave him the money and he thanked me for it.” After he had finished his prison term, the man went to Shichiri and became his disciple.  (Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, p.41)

 

When we meet each moment from a fresh, empty and undisturbed place, we may respond directly with what each situation really requires. Each moment is entirely new, ungraspable, and will never return. What would our life look like if we could meet everyone and everything just as they, and we, happen to be in the moment? How might we act if we remembered how limited, conditional and temporary the truth our perceptions reveal to us really is? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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