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Old 09-13-2010, 02:38 PM   #1
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"...when you sail out in a boat to the middle of an ocean where no land is in sight, and view the four directions, the ocean looks circular, and does not look any other way. But the ocean is neither round or square; its features are infinite in variety... It only look circular as far as you can see at that time. All things are like this.
Though there are many features in the dusty world and the world beyond conditions, you see and understand only what your eye of practice can reach. In order to learn the nature of the myriad things, you must know that although they may look round or square, the other features of oceans and mountains are infinite in variety; whole worlds are there. It is so not only around you, but also directly beneath your feet, or in a drop of water."

Dogen Zenjii who brought Soto Zen to Japan

When I lived in LA I had a very stressful job and I used to get up early and sit zazen and chant in a monastery near downtown. It was calming to me. This same group had a monastery in Malibu where we could chant in evenings, which forms some of my most peaceful memories.
Today I ran across the quote above, which I find quite helpful in trying to counteract the tendency to overthink things, to believe that our minds are in possession of all the conditions that bear on any thing or situation. Reality is always so complex that at best we are in contact with only a small part of it at any given time. (PS -don't know how to get my personal part into a normal typeface, I really did not want to highlight it.)


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I suggest you use boldface 78-point font (also known as Second Coming Type). Then you will not have to highlight it.
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Reality is always so complex that at best we are in contact with only a small part of it at any given time.
I have always believed that too. Unfortunately it has probably hurt me in the business world, where (I'd wager) "high achievers" tend to believe in an objective reality that they can, and do, influence.

But it's helped me in the investing world. Believing that reality can only be grasped in small pieces is what has kept me from trying to time markets or individual stocks. How can you, when it's humanly impossible to see the full picture?
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"...when you sail out in a boat to the middle of an ocean where no land is in sight, and view the four directions, the ocean looks circular, and does not look any other way. But the ocean is neither round or square; its features are infinite in variety... It only look circular as far as you can see at that time. All things are like this.
Though there are many features in the dusty world and the world beyond conditions, you see and understand only what your eye of practice can reach. In order to learn the nature of the myriad things, you must know that although they may look round or square, the other features of oceans and mountains are infinite in variety; whole worlds are there. It is so not only around you, but also directly beneath your feet, or in a drop of water."

Dogen Zenjii who brought Soto Zen to Japan

When I lived in LA I had a very stressful job and I used to get up early and sit zazen and chant in a monastery near downtown. It was calming to me. This same group had a monastery in Malibu where we could chant in evenings, which forms some of my most peaceful memories.
Today I ran across the quote above, which I find quite helpful in trying to counteract the tendency to overthink things, to believe that our minds are in possession of all the conditions that bear on any thing or situation. Reality is always so complex that at best we are in contact with only a small part of it at any given time. (PS -don't know how to get my personal part into a normal typeface, I really did not want to highlight it.)


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I put the post into normal typeface - - hope that is as desired.

Ha, thank you for this post. It is profound and reminds me of what I want to be finding in my life.
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Ah, yes, that is what I wanted. Thank you!

I am glad you liked the quote, like so much of zen it just keeps expanding, the more you might think about it.

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