Someone wrote me saying he understands why I’ve given up blogging to concentrate on touring. I thought that was interesting. Does a half a week without a new post here constitute “giving up?” For the record, I have not given up this blog. But I am right now simultaneously traveling a lot and trying to finish up the loose ends of my forthcoming book, to be unleashed upon the world by New World Library in June.
God willing, I’ll be speaking in Chicago tonight. Details below.
The following is a list of quotations that I used in the book which I am carrying around with me as I tour to help inspire the talks I’m giving. Enjoy!
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“Wanting to be alone is impossible. When you become really alone you notice you are not alone. You flip into the other side of nothing, where you discover everybody is waiting for you. Before that, you are living together like that — day, sun, moon, stars, and food — everything is helping you, but you are all blocked off, a closed system. It is very important to experience the complete negation of yourself, which brings you to the other side of nothing. People experience that in many ways. You go to the other side of nothing, and you are held by the hand of the absolute.” – Kobun Chino
“We do not know what God is. God himself doesn’t know what he is because he is not anything. Literally God is not, because he transcends being”. -Irish theologian John Scotus Eriugena at the court of the Frankish king Charles the Bald 840 CE
“(People) should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” – Attributed to Saint Paul in Acts 17:27-28
“In the diligent exercise of mystical contemplation, leave behind the senses and the operations of the intellect, and all things sensible and intellectual, and all things in the world of being and non-being, that you may arise by unknowing towards the union, as far as is attainable, with it that transcends all being and all knowledge. These things are not to be disclosed to the uninitiated, by whom I mean those attached to the objects of human thought.” – Pseudo Dionysis
“Do not think of good and bad. Do not care about right and wrong. Stop the driving movement of mind, will, and consciousness. Cease intellectual consideration through images, thoughts, and reflections.” – Dogen Zenji
“If you don’t want to be grabbed by God don’t stare at a wall. Definitely don’t sit still.”- Jiyu Kennet
SPRING 2013 MICRO TOUR
• March 13th (Wednesday) 7:00 pm CHICAGO, IL – Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago, 608 Dempster St., Evanston (near the Dempster Purple Line station). The event goes from 7-9pm.
• March 17th (Sunday) 10:20 am MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Zen Center 2825 N. Stowell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211-3775 My talk will start at 10:20 am but come at 9:30 am if you want to sit zazen with me too.
• April 26-28 ZEN RETREAT AT MOUNT BALDY ZEN CENTER F0r more info or to sign up, click here. No groping.
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