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Gurus Gurus Everywhere

Nowadays many have lost the old way, and many try to usurp the style of Zen, setting up their own sects, keeping to clichés, and concocting standardized formulas and slogans. Since they themselves are not out of the rut, when they try to help other people, it is like a rat going into a hollow horn that grows narrower and narrower until the rat is trapped in a total impasse.
- Yuanwu (1063-1135)

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calizen
Jul. 29th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Sounds like the 11th and 12th centuries were very much like our 20th and 21st.

The more things change, the more things stay the same. But I must admit to liking his rat imagery.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 30th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Yuanwu...
...makes a livable statement for any era. Watch out for hollow horns. The ruts are many , sticky, and deep. Staying out of ruts becomes a partner that dances to the Tao. Or so we can all hope...
liveonearth
Jul. 30th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Re: Yuanwu...
Yes. =-]
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