Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I went 2 a great class
2night. I didn't learn
anything. Now 4 the
real challenge -- to dive
off the hundred foot pole.
Buddhist Koan, CASE 46.PROCEED BEYOND THE TOP OF THE 100 FOOT HIGH POLE
Master Sekiso said, "You are at the top of the 100 foot high pole. How will you make a step further?" Another Zen Master of Ancient Times said, "One who sits on top of the 100 foot pole has not quite attained true enlightenment. Make another step forward from the top of the pole and throw one's own body into the 100,000 universes."
Should there be any who is able to step forward from the top of the 100 foot pole and hurl one's whole body into the entire universe, this person may call oneself a Buddha. Nevertheless, how can one step forward from the top of the 100 foot pole? Know thyself!
Should one be content and settle on top of the 100,000 foot pole,
One will harm the third eye,
And will even misread the marks on the scale.
Should one throw oneself and be able to renounce one's life,
Like one blind person leading all other blind persons,
One will be in absolute freedom (unattached from the eyes).
My graduate school classmate said that we don’t give artworks life, but rather they take on a life of their own. I really like this. Words...