Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Study Hall - Shobogenzo

From 'Continuous Practice', 'Gyoji', part one: "Even when you are uncertain, do not use this one day wastefully. Do not compare it to an enormous jewel. Do not compare it to a dragon's bright pearl. Old sages valued this one day more than their own living bodies. Reflect on this quietly. A dragon's pearl may be found. An enormous jewel may be acquired. But this one day out of a hundred years cannot be retrieved once it is lost. What skillful means can retrieve a day that has passed? No historical documents have recorded any such means. Not to waste time is to contain the passage of days and months within your skinbag without leaking. Thus, sages and wise ones in olden times valued each moment, each day and each month more than their own eyeballs or the nation's land. To waste the passage of time is to be confused and stained in the floating world of name and gain. Not to miss the passage of time is to be in the way for the sake of the way".

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