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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Like a Man Floating in Water.


Like a man floating in water
Who dies of thirst, afraid of drowning:
So are those who are learned
Who do not apply the teaching.

Like a person skilled in medicine
Who cant cure his own disease:
So are those who are learned
Who do not apply the teaching.

Like a deaf musician
Who pleases others, not hearing himself:
So are those who are learned
Who do not apply the teaching.

Like someone on a corner
Saying all kinds of fine things,
While having no real inner virtue
So are those who dont practice.

--The Flower Ornament Scripture, trans. by Thomas Cleary

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4 comments:

Gary said...

Nice quotation, James. That we may all live up to it!

Gary at Forest Wisdom.
http://forestwisdom.blogspot.com

Garnet said...

Interesting piece. Not sure how it applies to laymen. To live the dhamma fully would require leaving behind responsibilities most of us already have. To drown by choice and be responsible or ... :)

Of course, I'm not versed in the 20k pages.

John said...

Interesting quote-

I thought that I would share that I recently came across an artist that paints incredible buddha images. Check her out www.jillbartonart.com

They call him James Ure said...

Gary:

Absolutely and I think that we all can live up to it. We have glimpses of that nature and it keeps me going.

Garnet:

It is a daunting challenge isn't it?

John:

Thank-you John for the recommendation. I'll check it out.

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