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July 20, 2010


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"I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument."

Oh my goodness. Oh boy. What a post. What a poem. Full of argument. That's me alright. And with myself mostly. Always looking for that certainty you're talking about. It's time to put it all down. Drop the bloody lot. And embrace the world, with all its uncertainty, instead.

Thank you Barry. A wonderful post.


"Not knowing is the most intimate."

My favourite koan line. I find myself leaning into various practices and I can see that the more over-extended I get, the more it's linked to desiring certainty.

Great posts, Barry. Thank you.


Lovely post, Barry. "when death comes" hit me like an iceberg between the shoulder blades about 10 years ago. From that moment, the last line has become a kind of Polaris for my daily life. And like you, I have family and friends who will call me out when something blocks my view of that guiding star.

Mashing this poem with Dizang's koan is brilliant. Letting go of outcome = letting go of certainty = moment death. This reminds me when a friend once asked me, "when you let go of letting go, what do you have?" He started to grin and said, "let."

Be well, my friend.


Thank you!

Barry Briggs

Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Yah, it's an incredible poem - goosebump material!

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