days of miracle and wonder

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Paul Simon – The Boy in the Bubble

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My Comment:

This song by Paul Simon from 1986 expresses what the Zen Master Linji (died 866 CE) is telling us, namely that all that we see going on in the world outside and inside of us is one dance which in his terminology is ‘the dharma’.  We cannot grasp it through names and words. Listen to Paul Simon and allow the spirit of this song to transport you into that place where you look in awe and wonder at the strange and amazing things that pass before your eyes. Stay rooted in your deeper faith in the final ‘All-Rightness” of this existence. 

Enjoy yourself!

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Master Linji

“Followers of the Way, it is urgently necessary that you endeavor to acquire true insight and stride boldly [here] under the heavens, not losing your senses owing to that bunch of spirits. [He who has] nothing to do is the noble one. Simply don’t strive — just be ordinary. Yet you look outside, searching side paths and seeking help.

You’re all wrong!

“You keep trying to find buddha, but buddha is merely a name. Don’t you know what it is that you are running around seeking? The buddhas and the patriarchs of the three periods and the ten directions appear only in order to seek the dharma. You followers of the Way who are studying today — you, too, have only to seek the dharma. Attain dharma and you’re all done. Until then, you’ll go on transmigrating through the five paths of existence just as you have been.

What is dharma? ‘Dharma’ is the dharma of mind. Mind is without form; it pervades the ten directions and is manifesting its activity right before your very eyes. But because people lack sufficient faith [in this] they turn to names and phrases, attempting to grasp the buddhadharma through written words. They’re as far away as heaven from earth!

source: PDF Linji-Sasaki, p. 44

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Paul Simon – The Boy in the Bubble

Lyrics:

It was a slow day,
And the sun was beating
On the soldiers by the side of the road,
There was a bright light,
A shattering of shop windows
The bomb in the baby carriage
Was wired to the radio,
These are the days of miracle and wonder,
This is the long distance call,
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all,

The way we look to a distant constellation
That’s dying in a corner of the sky,
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don’t cry baby don’t cry
Don’t cry,

(Pause)

It was a dry wind,
And it swept across the desert
And it curled into the circle of birth,
And the dead sand,
Falling on the children
The mothers and the fathers
And the automatic earth,
These are the days of miracle and wonder,
This is the long distance call,
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all o-yeah,
The way we look to a distant constellation
That’s dying in a corner of the sky,
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don’t cry baby don’t cry
Don’t cry

(Pause)

It’s a turn-around jump shot
It’s everybody jump start
It’s, every generation throws a hero up the pop charts,
Medicine is magical and magical is art think of
The Boy in the Bubble
And the baby with the baboon heart

And I believe
These are the days of lasers in the jungle,
Lasers in the jungle somewhere,
Staccato signals of constant information,
A loose affiliation of millionaires
And billionaires and baby,
These are the days of miracle and wonder,
This is the long distance call,
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all o-yeah,
The way we look to a distant constellation
That’s dying in a corner of the sky,
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don’t cry baby don’t cry
Don’t cry don’t cry

oooooooooEmmmmmmmmmmm…….

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