synthetic zero

May 9th, 2010

Posted by a participant (Zen Arado) in the Ways of Knowing Kira workshop discussion of a Zen koan:

One day Mara, the Evil One, was traveling through the villages of India with his attendants. he saw a man doing walking meditation whose face was lit up on wonder. The man had just discovered something on the ground in front of him. Mara’s attendant asked what that was and Mara replied, “A piece of truth.”

“Doesn’t this bother you when someone finds a piece of truth, O Evil One?” his attendant asked.

“No,” Mara replied. “Right after this, they usually make a belief out of it.”

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3 responses to this post:
  1. samantha randall says:

    this piece of truth has brought a smile to this long lost friend.

    May 11th, 2010 at 9:26 am
  2. mitsu says:

    Samantha! You know I emailed you several times back when you stopped updating your blog, and Heather Anne and I started to worry about what had happened to you. I even emailed a friend of yours to find out. I’m glad to see you are alive. And I’m glad you liked this post.

    I also notice you don’t seem to be a huge Twitter updater… I highly recommend it if you don’t have time or energy to keep your normal blog going… which I see still exists, quiescent.

    May 11th, 2010 at 9:56 am
  3. mitsu says:

    Oh I see you have a new blog! Hoping you keep that going…

    May 11th, 2010 at 9:58 am

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