Thursday, November 13, 2008

Japanese Garden, Portland

Japanese Garden, Portland, OR

A monk asked, "What is the depth of the deep?"
The master said, "What depth of the deep should I talk about, the seven of seven or the eight of eight?"

—from The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu, trans. by James Green

A monk asked, "What about it when I'm not chasing after various things?"
The master said, "Obviously, it is just like this."
The monk said, "Isn't this the fact of my own nature?"
The master said, "Chasing, chasing."

—from The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu

(This Garden has figured prominently in my own DVD on Japanese Gardens, from Liquid Crystal Gallery.)

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