Losing One’s (Original) Mind

Studying texts and stiff meditation can make you lose your Original Mind.
A solitary tune by a fisherman, though, can be an invaluable treasure.
Dusk rain on the river, the moon peeking in and out of clouds;
Elegant beyond words, he chants his song night after night.

Ikkyū (1394-1481)

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3 thoughts on “Losing One’s (Original) Mind

  1. When I saw the title it was clear what the text would be. Such is the value of walks in the woods or a few moments on the ground staring at the stars.

    And notice it says stiff meditation. Let us lose the stiffness, and meditation can encompass the song and the water and the stars and, in time, we may rediscover our original mind as well, when we hear and see them all at once.

  2. I love the contrast between stiff meditation and the solitary tune. Beautiful text.

  3. Asirth Heather Edney

    How true this really speaks. A person can spend there whole life wrapped up in “proper” forms of meditation and yet never truly feel the thing itself.

    If one man meditates purely out of the book that tells him how, without ever really exploring inside of his soul and out into the soul around him.

    And yet another goes simply by what he feels is right, and sings the songs of his soul, and does the action of his spirit…

    Who do you think has had the greater spiritual journey? Who do you think has grown more?

    It is good to know when to use the facts we learn from books and others, and when to use the truth inside.

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