Religion-esque

The idea of the person as a husk of corn, being stripped naked, smashed, and made into bread — delicious, nutritious, bread — seemed most penetrating. If we think of ourselves as beautiful, imperfect beings, then we must never cease to be dynamic in thought, action, and direction; always moving, always adapting and improving.At times, […]

Who is the dreamer-and who the dreamed

My parents read Chuang Tzu’s the Butterfly dream to me as the bedtime story when I was little. But I have not really given much thought until prior to this APC meeting. I have to reach to the fundamental of the story and decode the “dream”. According to Dream Dictionary for Dummies, 1) the dream […]

Learning, Understanding, Feeling

How can we go through life living in the spirit of the fluid, effortless, ox cutting cook without first extending effort? If we are shown the way, we can not really learn the way. If we understand they way, we do not really know the way. But if we feel the way, ah ha, then we […]

ACP Reading: Cutting an Ox

The Prince’s cook Was cutting up an ox. Out went a hand, Down went a shoulder, He planted a foot, He pressed a knee, The ox, fell apart With  a whisper, The bright cleaver murmured Like a gentle wind. Rhythm! Timing Like a sacred dance, Like “The Mulberry Grove,” Like ancient harmonies! “Good work!” the […]