Friday, September 30, 2011

"Things are as they are.
Looking out into the universe at night,
we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars,
nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”

Alan Watts

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Huang Po

"Those who hasten towards it dare not enter, fearing to hurtle down through the void with nothing to cling to or to stay their fall. So they look to the brink and retreat. This refers to all those who seek such a goal through cognition."

The Zen Teachings of Huang Po

Saturday, September 24, 2011

man wakes up
drinks tea
reads morning paper.

man stops
voice in head.

man says, "who's there?"
no answer.
man says, "same old nobody."

ji bo, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Winds Of Autumn
Even in a person
most times indifferent
to things around him
they waken feelings
the first winds of autumn

Saigyo (1118 - 1190)
who is it
that forgets
the moment?

ji bo, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


breaking news:

top general has dream
drop atom bomb;
preacher has dream
burn down church;
bus driver has dream
give everybody free ride;
Willie Nelson has dream
sing cowboy opera;
prostitute has dream
become nun;
nun has dream
become prostitute.

flying saucer has dream -
toss Earth into black hole.

what is dream?
big mystery.

ji bo, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011


Albert Einstein
now traveling at speed of light
through curved

ji bo, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

earth science 101

studies bird,
studies biologist.

bird flies into space,
biologist drives to lab.

biologist writes
about bird.

birds sings
to universe.

ji bo, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Experience Chan! It’s not a lot of questions.
Too many questions is the Chan disease.
The best way is just to observe the noise of the world.
The answer to your questions? Ask your own heart.

Master Hsu Yun (excerpt)
answer to
Big Question -
"who knows?"

ji bo, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011


bow even to those who don't bow back.
bow to moon as general principle.
bow to wild flowers.
bow to mad dogs and caterpillars.
bow to morning sun.
bow to approaching tornado.
bow to mountains and sky.
bow to broken toys.
bow to enemy and obstinate creatures.
bow to Universe.
bow to self.

ji bo, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

sangha -
all beings
even rocks.

ji bo, 2011
"A rat drinks water at a river,
but not more than it needs."

(in the river of heaven by Robert Aitken)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

how to stay young

"Don't think too much. Thinking takes energy. Thinking can make you look old."
from Ten Tips From A Shaolin Monk On How To Stay Young

Shifu Yan Lei

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

In the end
is the beginning.

ji bo, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fundamentally, not only are we wide open to whatever intellectual garbage comes our way, but we've got a big "Welcome" sign out.

Lama Yeshe

Saturday, September 3, 2011

True friends are about a willingness to experience the same frequency without turning the channel. And then turning the channel without worrying about losing the frequency.

from "the innumerable sayings of tao jones."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

To understand a cicada’s song, shed your skin.

from "the innumerable sayings
of tao jones"

tea time