Neither This Nor That

Me, myself, and mine
Are not the heart of the divine
“My” Truth? Do you comprehend
What this phrase would intend?
Between extremes–meaninglessness
Or metaphysical seriousness
We swing on conceptual dichotomy
Really invokes experiential lobotomy
Either/or, black or white?
Can All be measured in wrong or right?
Is value so readily inherent?
Is Truth just personally apparent?
Must we choose eternalism or nihilism?
Absolutism and relativism–a schism
De-cide–roots meaning to cut apart
Conceptual delimiting of ideological art
The Way walks through the abyss
The dividing line between–just this
Neither here nor there, this nor that
Wisdom lies not in the distinction I shat
Presence/Oblivion: two sides, same coin
These are not separate–nothing to join

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After a storm at sea the sailor heads for home and quiet harbor.
Tossed by indecision
we must return our unsettled mind to the center.
Tao is within us all.
With many voices it has but one beautiful song;
many aspects but only one essence.
Though we are not bound, we are always connected.

Buddhahood is meditation;
with constant attentiveness our mind travels far:
into the highest hills and all over the world.
Elusive, delicate–we see the cosmos is empty
as well as full.
Nothing beyond, Nothing in hand.
Beauty, spirit, Tao–all one.

–§1 in “Everyday Practice” from The Book of the Heart: Embracing the Tao by Loy Ching-Yuen

Without words, we understand no-mind;
without shape, we understand true nature.
With relaxed mind, we grasp the meaning of Tao;
with the boundless Way, we understand truth.

–§3 in “Everyday Practice” from The Book of the Heart: Embracing the Tao by Loy Ching-Yuen

May this help you see beyond dualism and the relativistic pat on the back that can come with your own Stories–that is “My Truth”.

Gassho!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Antique Buddhas
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 09:29:27

    During Buddha’s time, people often asked Buddha, “What have you gained from Meditation”.
    Buddha would replied “Nothing But more than that I have lost anger, depression, dear of death as well as old age, anxiety.”

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    • zeuslyone
      Sep 21, 2015 @ 17:39:06

      Thank you for this, Antique Buddhas! I’ve read that quote in a few different places, and it is indeed one of my favorites. I love the emphasis that meditation is not about “accumulating” some sort of transcendent state. Rather, it’s about shedding the painful reactions to just being in the world as it is.

      Thank you again for sharing this. Got any other good wisdom to post? I’d love to see it. I’ll head over to your site now to check it out.

      Gassho!
      Zack

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