Saturday, September 28, 2013

the sky is blue

Today, for example, the sky is blue.

Were I to add further descriptions of my delight in the crisp-to-nippy air, the sunshine, the lightness of the light, the etched quality of houses and trees ... well, that would be conversationally forgivable, but let's stick with the sky:

Today, for example, the sky is blue.

The statement does not send my mind into coy interpretations or searching for deeper meaning or  profound, universal applications or wide-eyed, much-faceted awe or blissful simpering or religio-philosophical rumination or consoling despair. Applying "meaning" or "belief" would be a waste of energy.

It's a simple statement, isn't it?

The sky is blue.

Get a life!

Once, my Zen teacher's teacher, Soen Nakagawa Roshi, remarked: "There is birth and there is death. In between there is enlightenment."

You can bet your bottom dollar someone's gonna gussy up that blue sky.

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