Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"Tongues in Trees"

"Tongues in Trees", number 152 of 188 from Robert Aitken's book Miniatures of a Zen Master.

From WoodenZen

Scene 1, Act 2 of William Shakespeare's As You Like It Duke Senior says "Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in every thing."

This points to the inter-beingness of things contrived and the natural world. Trees that talk, rivers with stories, preached to by stones, and good in every thing. Later in the play it comes out as "these trees shall be my books". Learning from the natural world.

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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