daily dharma

i really dug thus, from “tricycle” magazine:

Dusk on the River

There’s a Zen story in which a man is enjoying himself on a river at dusk. He sees another boat coming down the river toward him. At first it seems so nice to him that someone else is also enjoying the river on a nice summer evening. Then he realizes that the boat is coming right toward him, faster and faster. He begins to get upset and starts to yell, “Hey, hey watch out! For Pete’s sake, turn aside!” But the boat just comes faster and faster, right toward him. By this time he’s standing up in his boat, screaming and shaking his fist, and then the boat smashes right into him. He sees that it’s an empty boat.

This is the classic story of our whole life situation.

–Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are

from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book

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3 thoughts on “daily dharma

  1. Hey Stephen, thanks for your email, I had been reading about your LDN experiment, sorry to see the results you had. I am hoping that my experience will be better, or I’m not smart enough to realize it if it doesn’t work. By what I see, keep your fingers crossed for the not smart enough part!

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