Artie Thank you, I am familiar with this poem. Amazing poem, I particularly like the second to last line, which for me brings the whole experience the writer speaks of clearly into focus.
About 'lofty class', well that could tell us much about your love for Zen, the tradition. At this point, deep Gasho, deep sigh, big smile . . . If there are some that believe that Rumi is so lofty that he is in a class alone, then they are holding empty views that cannot be supported by anything but the shifting sands of the ego . . . When we speak of Tufu, Rumi, Ryokan, HanShan, Hafiz we speak of them as brothers. While we have been talking about Sufism, since I am the one that holds dual citizenship, let me be perfectly clear. There is an old teaching method that in order to understand the thing that is under our nose we have to learn something else. Perhaps, in my own humble manner, if that is so, I can offer that here. If it becomes a distraction and leads to defensiveness, well that might bring something as well for a time, but only if it is useful. Final note, I do consider myself more of a Zen Buddhist, which is a convenience, a manner of expression, in terms of practice and associations. That has been my path. However, I have been interested in other things, sort of like a Gonzo Anthropological/Sociological romp through secret orders and traditions (someone has to do it!). I am a traveler, a salik, just the way I am, but I rely most often and most thoroughly on Zen. So, we are all brothers and sisters here. Currently I have been spending time with The Gurdjieff Foundation, so that is my most recent investigations. I won't go into it much here since it is too early, I have only been with them around 4 years and not a great deal of time spent. William Segal, the artist, he practice Soto Zen Buddhism, knew DT Suzuki and others, and taught in The Work. There appears to incredible parallels between Zen and Fourth Way practice, and no doubt The Foundation is modeled on, shall we say Sufi/Hermetic Middle Eastern Schools. So, that's my two cents Thanks for the poem. Nothing more refreshing than short poems and reminders of the path. best wishes --^-- Kirk -----Original Message----- From: roloro1557 <roloro1...@yahoo.com> To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thu, Sep 16, 2010 1:21 am Subject: [Zen] the entire poem Daily, nothing particular, Only nodding to myself, Nothing to choose, nothing to discard. No coming, no going, No person in purple, Blue mountains without a speck of dust. I exercise occult and subtle power, Chopping wood, carrying water. Some attribute it to Baso, the Japanese haiku poet - some attribute it to Mazu, the old Chinese chan master and teacher - and some attribute it to P'ang Chu, a student of Mazu's. I guess some think this is just a "zen platitude" and not in the same lofty class as Rumi's poetry. Artie