The greatest challenge is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshicha (1765-1827) used to say that everyone should keep a piece of paper with “for my sake the world was created” in one pocket, and a piece of paper with “I am but dust and ashes” in another.  The Rabbi was expressing an existential truth: each individual being is important, but not self-important.

To study the Way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to allow the ten thousand things to flow.

—Zen Master Dogen, from the Genjōkōan