What We Do With It



A clean patch of ground after a rain
An ancient pine half-covered with moss
Such things appear before our eyes
But what we do with them isn’t the same

This poem was written by Stonehouse (Shan Shi). In the 13th century he was a Zen teacher and then a hermit for 40 years.

Now what should we do with this poem?

Zen teacher Ummon tell us that even a good thing is not as good as nothing.

It would be very foolish of me to add anything to that luminous instruction.


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