Hi and welcome to another edition of Art and Zen Today. Today’s post consists of more video from my Shuso Hossen Ceremony. We start off with Eyal Raz reading Rumi’s “The House Guest. This is one of three short stories read by Eyal during the Ceremony. All of them come from a tradition other than Zen but all convey the same depth of wisdom found in the most profound Zen texts. The texts of the other two stories read by Eyal are printed below. Following that is the second of my performance raps, which were intended as responses to the Koan I was given. It’s called “Master Bodhidharma, Bodhisattva Bodhidharma”. For more on the Shuso Hossen Ceremony and other topics related to Zen and art use the SEARCH option or click on relevant CATEGORY at the right.
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The Primordial Light ( A Jewish chassidic tale)
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
In the first day – God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
In the fourth day – God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven… to give light upon the earth.
Question : What did happen to the first, primordial light after the light in the firmament of the heaven was created?
Answer : God hid it
Question : For whom did he hide it?
Answer : For the enlightened ones
Question : How can we observe it?
Answer : It is reflected in their daily activities.
Longing for (Kabir)
Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.
Jump into experience while you are alive!
Think… and think… while you are alive.
What you call ‘salvation’ belongs to the time before death.
If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive,
do you think ghosts will do it after?
The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic just because the body is rotten that is all fantasy.
What is found now is found then.
If you find nothing now, you will simply end up with an apartment in the City ofDeath.
If you make love with the divine now, in the next life you will have the face of satisfied desire.
So plunge into the truth, find out who the Teacher is, believe in the Great Sound!
Kabir says this: When the Guest is being search for, it is the intensity of the longing for the Guest that does all the work.
Look at me, and you will see a slave of that in
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