What’s up, Sensei?

Sometimes I run across something that’s so poignant and beautiful that I don’t want to quote it in my work.  I want to acknowledge this great teacher and send his words for one more turn around the universe.

The most powerful thing he ever said to me was,”What’s up?”

 

Free From Self

Nothing remains the same.
Nothing has solid lasting form.
Nothing is as it appears.
Nothing means as I think it means.
Nothing that grabs my attention will remain,
If I let it.
Nothing exists by itself.
Nothing has independent identity.
Nothing I am means what I think I am.
Nothing I cling to is real.
Nothing to protect, defend, prefer.
Whew!
John Daido Loori Roshi, American Zen Master (1931-2009)
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