natural man

Matisse, Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life)

A stream of consciousness to counterbalance frenzy and turbulence

Where are the fields, my dog, where you used to chase rabbits and gophers? Where the sunlit meadows I romped in – free of care and naked to the soft breeze on my skin? I was one with the grasses and the flowers. The trees were my companions and the boulders were strewn about like marbles thrown down by a giant at play.

Bathing in the meandering creek with the minnows tickling my toes I floated belly-up, letting the slow current take me on its journey. I melded with the realm of Earth’s nature – no tension marred my perfect rhythm; hardly could I tell where I began and ended. Moving like the swells in the ocean, my being was moved from Within. I was cradled in God’s magnificence, and indeed That I was.




Zen: shin ku myo u

“Moment after moment, everyone comes out from nothingness. This is the true joy of lifeSo we say shin ku myo u, “from true emptiness, the wondrous being appears.” Shin is “true”; ku is “emptiness”; myo is “wondrous”; u is “being” : from true emptiness, wondrous being.”

shin ku myo u pin

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There is a big misunderstanding about the idea of naturalness. Most people who come to us believe in some freedom or naturalness, but their understanding is what we call jinen ken gedo, or heretical naturalness. Jinen ken gedo means that there is no need to be formal—just a kind of “let-alone policy” or sloppiness. That is naturalness for most people. But that is not the naturalness we mean.  Continue reading