WATCHING THE STUMP WHERE THE RABBIT WAS

esday, September 2, 2014

WATCHING THE STUMP WHERE THE RABBIT WAS

PHRASES USED IN SPIRITUAL QUESTS AND MYSTICAL PRACTICES
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”watching the stump where the rabbit was”
= MISSING THE POINT, FOCUSING ON THE WRONG THING
ENTIRELY

CATCHING A CATFISH WITH A GOURD
= ATTEMPTING WITH RIGID INTELLECTUAL
THINKING TO REALIZE A FLUID REALITY (comes from a Zen drawing)

just a finger pointing at the moon, not the
moon itself = phrase describing the nature of verbal
teachings

it is a foolish dog that barks at a
flying bird (Bob Marley song)

a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
(self explanatory, Shakespeare)

before Abraham was, I am
(man sees time; God sees the timeless)

the eye through which you see God
is the same eye through which
God sees you
(Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart)

I am the living and fiery essence that
glows in the beauty of the fields
(Hildengard of Bingen)

all is flux – you can’t step in the same
river twice
(Heraclitus)

I am he who is from the Same
(Christ)

forever changing, eternally the same
(Walker Ballantine)

each day the bucket goes through the well,
one day the bottom will drop out (Marley song)

“Nonsense is nonsense, but the study
of nonsense, that’s serious business!”
(a banner that should be draped around university buildings
according to Father David Belyea)

ten years hard at work in the trees,
now sitting by the edge of the forest laughing,
laughing a new laugh
(zen poem)

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