Thursday, 10 April 2008


On one of my computers, I run Google's interactive desktop, and subscribe to something called the Buddhist Thought of the Day RSS feed. I'm afraid I find a lot of it quite impenetrable, but here's one I caught today:

The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught, the trap is forgotten. The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits. When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten. The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.
Chuang Tzu

I'm also reminded of one I read a while back, and which I've just hunted out:

A myriad bubbles were floating on the surface of a stream. 'What are you?' I cried to them as they drifted by. 'I am a bubble, of course' nearly a myriad bubbles answered, and there was surprise and indignation in their voices as they passed. But, here and there, a lonely bubble answered, 'We are this stream', and there was neither surprise nor indignation in their voices, but just a quiet certitude.
Ask the Awakened, Wei Wu Wei

Good stuff, eh?

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