Monday, August 4, 2008

The Second Rule of Zen

Master Lu said to the First Emperor, "I and the others have searched for zhi fungus, rare herbs, and the immortals, but we can never seem to encounter them. There would appear to be some entity that is blocking us. The magic arts teach that the ruler of men should at times move about in secret so as to avoid evil spirits. If evil 'spirits are avoided, one can reach the status of True Man. If the whereabouts of the ruler of men are known to his ministers, this hinders his spiritual power. A True Man can enter water without getting wet, enter fire without getting burned, soar over the clouds and air, and endure as long as heaven and earth. But now Your Majesty, though ruling the whole world, has not yet been able to attain calm and quietude...."

Sima Qian (tr. Burton Watson)

1 comment:

Thorndike Pickledish said...

AND ! you can't look out the window at night and watch the moon put on it's pantyhose---

ARE the moon !

fine work with the art and and sound effects--nice creations here !

keep those Tomatoes growin'