« Anniversary Week, 3 | Main | Anniversary Week, 5 »

June 23, 2011


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


When my friend Joe first started introducing me to Buddhism a few years ago, he told me loss is returning to an original state of not having.

It strange who difficult it id to go back to a place that we were once relatively content in.


It's strange how difficult... *^^*

David Clark

Grief and anguish are two of the flavors of human existence, part of the broad spectrum of "tastes" that are ours to be known. In a full-lived life, we get to taste them all, even these bitter ones. We may not enjoy them all, but it is how we may know that we live.

If we are still alive to know loss, we have not yet lost all. When we can no longer know, then we have finally lost all.

Barry Briggs

Thank you, Joseph and David.

The comments to this entry are closed.


  • Zen teachers sometimes use the Ten Ox Herding Pictures to describe the path of awakening. Within this metaphorical framework, the ox symbolizes the secretive, unruly human mind.

My Other Weblogs


  • I’m truly grateful to everyone who leaves a comment on this blog. Even though many comments are generous and thoughtful, I rarely respond. Thank you for your understanding.

American Zen


  • I extend grateful appreciation to my daughter, Susie, who designed this site; to Zen Master Seung Sahn, for crossing the ocean; and to all beings for their never-ending encouragement and teaching.
  • May we together attain enlightenment and save all beings from suffering.

Free e-Books

Finding the Ox