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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, December 05, 2007
    When you arrive you are ruined
    In a Zen koan someone said that an enlightened man is not one who seeks Buddha or finds Buddha, but simply an ordinary man who has nothing left to do. Yet mere stopping is not arriving. To stop is to stay a million miles from it and to do nothing is to miss it by the whole width of the universe. As for arriving, when you arrive you are ruined. Yet how close the solution is: how simple it would be to have nothing more to do if only - one had really nothing more to do. But the ripe fruit falls out of the tree without even thinking about it. Why? The man who is ripe discovers that there was never anything to be done from the very beginning.
    - Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. Quote of the week for me, having 'arrived' back into busyness, wishing I had nothing left to do...