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No Attachment to Dust

A half year ago in Malaysia, I met a Polish guy who had trained heavily in ninjitsu and was generally an admirer of Japanese culture and philosophy.

He and I talked for a number of hours, and we swapped a few book recommendations. I had just finished my copy of "The Samurai Ethic and Modern Japan" by Yukio Mishima, so I gave that to him as a gift. He recommended a number of good books and things for me to look up.

One of the books he turned me on to was "Zen Flesh Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings" - and he gave me a link to a site where you could read all the stories for free, 101zenstories.com

I go back to the site for inspiration every month or two. I quite liked this one, "No Attachment to Dust" -

Zengetsu, a Chinese master of the T'ang dynasty, wrote the following advice for his pupils:

Can Evolution Save Us and the Planet?

On The Art of Sanity

John D Rockefeller was one of the richest men who ever lived. Around 1900 he gave a talk to his Sunday school class and offered up his view of why he and the other so called ‘robber barons’, were justified in using cut throat business practices while building their financial empires. He said:

Some people today still hold to that philosophy. But is that the way that God or evolution (his references) is now directing us? I don’t think so.

EMPATHY is the key to our survival. It was and always will be.

Survival of the fittest was a term that Charles Darwin didn’t coin, but added to his writings years later after people complained that the term natural selection sounded to much like an intelligent deity was doing the selecting..

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