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“Once upon a time, Chuang Tzu dreamed that he was a butterfly, flying about enjoying itself. It did not know that it was Chuang Chou. Suddenly he awoke, and veritably was Chuang Chou again. He did not know whether it was Chuang Chou dreaming that he was a butterfly, or whether it was the butterfly dreaming that it was Chuang Chou. Between Chuang Chou and the butterfly there must be some distinction. This is a case of what is called the transformation of things.” – C.W. Chan, translation
Is it that we are all dreaming
or we are all being dreamed?
Butterfly that which dreams
you dreams me Chuang-Tzu.
– Scott Watson
Quotations from Chuang Tzu
by Thomas Merton
Chuang Tzu. The Way of Chuang Tzu. Translator/Editor Thomas Merton. New York: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1965. ISBN 0877736766
Chuang Tzu was a Taoist sage, living sometime before 250 B.C. The book Chuang Tzu is believed to contain both his own writings and writings by others about him and his teachings. The quotations at this site were taken from The Way of Chuang Tzu, which was compiled by Thomas Merton (a Roman Catholic monk) after reading four different translations of Chuang Tzu. It is an abridged version of Chuang Tzu.
As Thomas Merton says in his introductory note, you enter upon the way of Chuang Tzu when you leave all ways and get lost.
To name Tao is to name no-thing.
Tao is not the name of (something created).
“Cause” and “chance” have no bearing on the Tao.
Tao is a name…
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When you can’t
be in the mountains
here’s the wine
me too even
Myth is where
we’re all from
a frog croaks no
Up in the sky radiation
from Fukushima meets
radiation from Chernobyl.
“Hi! How’s business?”
from otata 8 – Lorin Ford, Jeannie Martin, vincent tripi, John Levy, Scott Watson, Cherie Hunter Day, Andrea Cecon, Hansha Teki, Scott Metz, Tom Montag, Helen Buckingham, Mike Montreuil Ξ selections from Poets from Haijin Italia, 41 Ξ Scott Watson – Two pieces on Santoka
Source: august, 2016
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