Thursday, April 30, 2009

John Cage about mind and dust

In the poetry contest in China by
which the Sixth Patriarch of Zen
Buddhism was chosen, there
were two poems. One
said: “The mind is like
a mirror. It collects
dust. The problem is
to remove the dust.
The other and winning poem
was actually a reply to the
first. It said,
Where is the mirror and where
is the dust?”

Some centuries later in a Japanese
monastery, there was a
monk who was always taking
baths.
A younger monk came up to
him and said, “Why,
if there is no dust,
are you always taking
baths?” The
older monk replied, “Just
a dip. No why.

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