Koans for Precepts, Life and Death
Struggling for some higher context
for the meaning of the Precepts, and life,
reminds me of several koans.
... a finger, pointing at the moon ...
(while not itself the moon
does hint at where to look further).
Two monks discussing death:
One said "it is like ice returning to water".
The second corrected "no, it is like water returning to water".
One questioned what remains when an enlightened being dies:
One said "nothing remains".
The second replied "the truth remains".
One of Suzuki Roshi's talks likened our lives
to water droplets in a waterfall;
throughout their separate, long and difficult falls,
they are returning back to their source and substance.
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