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Like a Finger Pointing to the Moon - 26oct21


At the risk of sounding like a fortune cookie,

the most effective way to study

(no less master) Zen,


is not to learn its techniques

(myriad and numerous)

but to master its essence.


Or, to wax poetic:

it is important NOT to confuse the moon,

for the finger pointing at it.


The Buddha’s quest

is to accomplish liberation

from the our resistance to our stressors.


His path is three-fold.

Master contemplation as well as meditation

and kindness takes care of itself.


It is challenging enough

to master the most effective techniques


BUT the waters are muddied

by allowing the quest

to be yet another form of resistance;


like Anakin Skywalker turning to the dark side

to save Padme,

who he then strangled

because he turned to the dark side.


The secret, then, is to find and then practice techniques

that are so liberating

that you become utterly content to simply practice.


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with a simple

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