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  • 08-05-2006 11:38am
    Closed Accounts Posts: 426 ✭✭

    Here's one for a starter:

    More Zen Judaism
    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?

    Be here now.
    Be someplace else later.
    Is that so complicated?

    Drink tea and nourish life.
    With the first sip... joy.
    With the second... satisfaction.
    With the third, peace.
    With the fourth, a danish.

    Wherever you go, there you are.
    Your luggage is another story.

    Accept misfortune as a blessing.
    Do not wish for perfect health
    Or a life without problems.
    What would you talk about?

    The journey of a thousand miles
    Begins with a single "oy."

    There is no escaping karma.
    In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never
    And whose fault was that?

    Zen is not easy.
    It takes effort to attain nothingness.
    And then what do you have?

    The Tao does not speak.
    The Tao does not blame.
    The Tao does not take sides.
    The Tao has no expectations.
    The Tao demands nothing of others.
    The Tao is not Jewish.

    Breathe in. Breathe out.
    Breathe in. Breathe out.
    Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

    Let your mind be as a floating cloud.
    Let your stillness be as the wooded glen.
    And sit up straight.
    You'll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders.
    Be patient and achieve all things.
    Be impatient and achieve all things faster.

    To find the Buddha, look within.
    Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers.
    Each flower blossoms ten thousand times.
    Each blossom has ten thousand petals.
    You might want to see a specialist.

    To practice Zen and the art of Jewish motorcycle maintenance, do the following:
    Get rid of the motorcycle.
    What were you thinking?

    Be aware of your body.
    Be aware of your perceptions.
    Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness.

    The Torah says, "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
    The Buddha says there is no "self."
    So, maybe you are off the hook.,


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 426 ✭✭maitri

    Two more poems. Feel free to add some, if you know some nice poems. :)

    I’ve never seen a lazy man

    I’ve never seen a lazy man;
    I’ve seen a man who never ran
    while I watched him, and I’ve seen
    a man who sometimes slept between
    lunch and dinner, and who’d stay
    at home upon a rainy day,
    but he was not a lazy man.
    Before you call me crazy,
    think, was he a lazy man or
    did he just do things we label “lazy”?

    I’ve never seen a stupid kid;
    I’ve seen a kid who sometimes did
    things I didn’t understand
    or things in ways I hadn’t planned;
    I’ve seen a kid who hadn’t seen
    the same places where I had been,
    but he was not a stupid kid.
    Before you call him stupid,
    think, was he a stupid kid or did he
    just know different things than you did?

    I’ve looked as hard as I can look
    but never ever seen a cook;
    I saw a person who combined
    ingredients on which we dined,
    A person who turned on the heat
    and watched the stove that cook the meat –
    I saw those things but not a cook.
    Tell me when you’re looking,
    is it a cook you see or is it someone
    doing things that we call cooking?

    What some of us call lazy
    some call tired or easy-going,
    what some of us call stupid
    some just call a different knowing,
    so I’ve come to the conclusion,
    it will save us all confusion
    if we don’t mix up what we can see
    with what is our opinion.
    Because you may, I want to say also;
    I know that’s only my opinion.

    (Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. Fra: “Nonviolent Communication – a Language of Life”)

    Words are Windows
    (or They're Walls)

    I feel so sentenced by your words,
    I feel so judged and sent away,
    Before I go I’ve got to know
    Is that what you meant to say?
    Before I rise to my defence,
    Before I speak in hurt or fear,
    Before I build that wall of words,
    Tell me, did I really hear?
    Words are windows, or they’re walls,
    They sentence us, or set us free.
    When I speak and when I hear,
    Let the love light shine through me.
    There are things I need to say,
    Things that mean so much to me,
    If my words don’t make me clear,
    Will you help me to be free?
    If I seemed to put you down,
    If you felt I didn’t care,
    Try to listen through my words
    To the feelings that we share.

    (Ruth Bebermeyer, sakset fra Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D: “Nonviolent Communication – a Language of Life”)