January 30, 2017 by 29 Comments
The ordinary moments of our daily life may appear commonplace, but in reality they are not so; they carry enormous significance. To polish a pair of shoes, to serve a helping of apple pie, to break bread, to chop firewood- these can be lordly activities. Any action performed with a sense of reverence, of care and of pleasure, can become what I would call a sacrament. Zen, in particular, lays emphasis on ‘everyday life’ as the real path to the great mystery. One of its Masters, Joshu, replied to a question about the true nature of the Great Way, the Tao, by saying, “Our everyday life, that is the Tao.” It is the worship of the moment’s duration, inviolate, detached, and passionate. It is the observation of the sunlight on a bald of grass, the sight of a beetle crawling across a leaf; the worship of the day’s most commonplace events:
I draw water,
I carry wood,
This is my magic.
June 10, 2013 by 43 Comments
The Patriarch of this household is less common (aka “special/rare”). The rest of the brood would be defined as common based on their birthdate. About right. See The Daily Viz for background on study and sample set. The chart has had more than 250,000 views. If you want to read more about this study, hit this link. Still wouldn’t change the end result. 🙂
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