Eminent students [of the Dharma], long accustomed to groping for the elephant, pray do not doubt the true dragon.*
I like my misconceptions. Actually, it’s more accurate to say I don’t dislike them enough. In fact, they are so weakly challenged for their right of passage through my inner world that they tend to leave quite a mess behind. None of this genteel “guests” in the Guesthouse à la Rumi. And yet, strangely, I like them for the momentary respite they give me from reality.
Then on Monday, Barry at Ox Herding wrote a lovely post on reality to which I commented that “if reality is
not optional, then suffering is inevitable.” So there you have it. Grope on that elephant all you want; reality will win out when you sit atop it and the tree trunks start moving.
*Maezumi, Hakuyu Taizan, Commentary on Fukanzazengi. In Loori, John Daido (ed.), The Art of Just Sitting: Essential writings on the zen practice of shikantaza.
PS: Barry has graciously offered his new book The Path of Zen to everyone. It’s simply beautiful… and very real! Please click here to obtain a copy. A deep bow of gratitude for all your teachings, Barry!
Edit: “if reality is optional, then suffering is inevitable.” Not surprising I’m always confused!