Saturday, March 30, 2013

"Usually a line is serious - part of a square. This makes funny lines valuable." Kazuaki Tanahashi

Thursday, March 28, 2013

circle dance

in winter, watch snow
in spring, watch flowers
in summer, watch sun
in autumn, watch leaves -
repeat often.

Monday, March 25, 2013

best tea - green?
ask tongue.
best flower - red?
ask eye.
best sound - harmony?
ask ear.
best emotion - happy?
ask mind.
best moment - now?
ask Buddha.

for every question - answer?
ask self.

Friday, March 22, 2013

zen experiment # 224

for next 5 minutes
go about normal business
without silently talking
to yourself.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


God makes man
out of clay,
makes woman
out of man's rib.
only one man
one woman.
woman is clone,
same DNA as man.

today -
7 billion people.
very suspicious!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Famous Episode of TV Game Show

Game Show Host: "Renowned psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud, says obsessive-compulsive behavior is cause of big headaches. For $2,000,000, what is most common form of obsessive-compulsive behavior?"

Contestant: "Thinking!"

did contestant win $2,000,000?

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

did Yellow Emperor discover tea?
did tea sprout from Bodhidharma's eyelids?
did monkey help farmer grow tea?
did Tao hermit teach art of perfect tea?
is tea answer to diseases of man?

make pot of tea.
pour into cup.
if tea tastes good, say "ah!"
enough about tea.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

to wash hands
use soap.
to wash dishes
use sponge.
to wash car
use hose.
to wash mind
use mantra.
to wash planet
use solar power.
to was Universe
use samadhi.

when Universe is clean
use impermanence.

repeat as needed.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"More than 2,500 years ago, the philosopher Pythagoras told his followers that a stone is frozen music, an intuition fully validated by modern science; we now know that every particle in the physical universe takes its characteristics from the pitch and pattern and overtones of its particular frequencies, its singing." George Leonard (The Silent Pulse)

Monday, March 11, 2013

The trees show the bodily form of
   the wind;
The waves show the spiritual vitality of
   the moon;
If there were no tree waving
We would not know that the wind had
   any power;
And if there are no waves
The moon cannot break itself into a thousand pieces
   and dance.

Zen poem (via Alan Watts)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bodhidharma says, "observe mind."
Lao Tzu says, "observe Tao."
Chuang Tzu says, "observe butterfly."
Chang San Feng says, "observe qi."
Master Kong says, "observe Universe."

mind is tao
tao is butterfly
butterfly is qi
qi is Universe
Universe is mind.

big circle.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

to increase IQ, go to college.
to increase longevity, practice yoga.
to increase sex life, read Kama Sutra.
to increase good karma, give to poor.
to increase bank account, get job.
to increase awareness, sit zazen.
to increase sanity, turn off TV.
to increase dreams, deep sleep.
to increase relaxation, take vacation.
to increase freedom, lose desires.

when increases are complete
hit remote control:
let go.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

wild goose
 turns sky

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

in order to have thought
must have brain.
in order to have brain
must have body.
in order to have body
must have ecosystem.
in order to have ecosystem
must have planet.
in order to have planet
must have galaxy.
in order to have galaxy
must have Universe.

one thought very complicated.
if no thought
what happens to Universe?


Monday, March 4, 2013

one flake
of snow
squirrel's tail

Sunday, March 3, 2013

when paying bills, use check
when reading book, use words
when flying kite, use string
when sweeping house, use broom.

when seeking Tao
use nothing.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

As the Anonymous Wise Man said: "The more you think, the less you know!"

from "the innumerable sayings of Tao Jones"