Friday, September 11, 2009

Cinque Ports

"Cinque Ports", number 154 of 188 from Robert Aitken's book Miniatures of a Zen Master.

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Continuing on the theme from my previous post, Aitken this time starts off with a history lesson about the seventeenth and eighteenth century town Rye in southeastern England. Aitken can't seem to help himself, he has to get a bit fancy with his writing. Wander off to wikipedia to learn about "cinque ports".

Then as today, greed was run a muck. This reminds me of the part of the Great Vows that goes, ...Greed, hatred and ignorance rise endlessly; I vow to abandon them. Recently it has been brought to my attention that greed is a synonymous with like, and hatred with dislike and ignorance with indifference. So greed, hatred and ignorance becomes like, dislike and indifference rise endlessly.

What type of nerd are you?


Any error or confusion created by my commentary on
Miniatures of a Zen Master
is solely a reflection of my own delusion and ignorance.
Any merit generated by this activity is solely the result of
Aitken Roshi's clear teaching and is dedicated to
all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas throughout space and time.

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