Zen Buddhism. What is Zen?. It is a form of Mahayana Buddhism that emphasizes wisdom attained through experience. Zen is often thought of as a religion though it has no sacred scriptures, texts, dogma, or divine being.
“The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflections, The water has no mind to receive their images.”
“The master politely invited his visitor to share a cup of ceremonial tea while they talked together. When the master had brewed the tea by the strict procedures of the tea ceremony, he began to pour the whisked green liquid into the visitor’s cup and continued pouring until the cup had overflowed. Even then he went on pouring until the discomforted guest, unable longer to restrain himself, cried out in agitation, ‘Sir, my cup is already full. No more will go in.’ At once the master put down the teapot and remarked, ‘Like this cup you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?’”
Ex: All the rains of June:
And one evening, secretly,
Through the pines, the moon.
Ex: The piercing chill I feel:
my dead wife’s comb, in our bedroom,
under my heel.
The author of Touched, Jane Straus, wrote in the first chapter:
Georgia went back to her bed and stared at the intricate patterns of burned moth wings in the translucent glass of the overhead light. Her father was in “hyper mode” again where nothing could calm him down.