With every one web page that includes a quote, word, tale, koan, haiku, or poem, Zen Companion combines the sensation and structure of a meditation ebook with 2,500 years of wisdom-from Lao-tzu and Groucho Marx, William Carlos Williams and The Little Prince, D. T. Suzuki and Walker Percy, the Buddha and the Bible, Einstein and Gertrude Stein. it is a social gathering of instinct: "If a guy needs to be certain of the line he treads on, he needs to shut his eyes and stroll within the dark"-St. John the go. Individuality: "Do now not search to persist with within the footsteps of the boys of outdated; search what they sought."-Basho. easy nature: "Among twenty snowy mountains/The in basic terms relocating thing/Was the attention of the blackbird."-Wallace Stevens. Childlike spontaneity: "Goodnight stars. Goodnight air."-Margaret clever Brown. Irreverent paradox: "Wakuan complained whilst he observed an image of bearded Bodhidharma: 'Why hasn't that fellow a beard?'" And primarily, the straightforward excitement of lifestyles lived within the second. "Chop wooden, hold water."
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