"Fire Monks" by Colleen Morton Busch

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  • Juki
    Member
    • Dec 2012
    • 771

    "Fire Monks" by Colleen Morton Busch

    I recently finished this fine book, a non-fiction retelling of the story of five monks from the San Francisco Zen Center who stayed in the wildnerness to fight a wildfire that threatened the Tassajara monastery during the summer of 2008. The book is outstanding, both as a narrative and as a basic Zen primer, but I do not intend to offer a full review in this post. However, I do recommend that you give it a read if you are so inclined.

    One very short portion of the book intrigued me, and that is what I wish to share with you all. At Tassajara, there is a summer guest program where SFZC offers yoga workshops or poetry and art workshops to guests. One of the poetry workshops featured Jane Hirshfield, a poet and lay Priest, who spoke to the guest about Buddhism. She told them that Buddhism was so simple that it could be reduced to seven words, as follows:

    "Everything changes. Everything is connected. Pay attention." (i.e. Impermanence. Interdependence. Mindfulness.)

    I think this may be a bit of an oversimplification, but in a lovely way. Any thoughts?



    Gassho,
    William
    "First you have to give up." Tyler Durden
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39441

    #2
    Thank you. Lovely.

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Jiken
      Member
      • Jan 2011
      • 753

      #3
      Originally posted by William Anderson
      "Everything changes. Everything is connected. Pay attention."
      No more simple or complicated than Buddha, Dharma, Sangha

      Thanks and gassho

      Daido

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      • Geika
        Treeleaf Unsui
        • Jan 2010
        • 4980

        #4
        I agree, Daido.
        求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
        I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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        • Genshin
          Member
          • Jan 2013
          • 467

          #5
          That's a lovely quote. Thanks for sharing.
          Gassho,
          Matt

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          • Kyonin
            Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
            • Oct 2010
            • 6742

            #6
            A nice quote to live by.

            Thanks

            Gassho,

            Kyonin
            Hondō Kyōnin
            奔道 協忍

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            • Risho
              Member
              • May 2010
              • 3179

              #7
              Very cool quote. Thank you. But I take offense at the book recommendation; my wife will kill me if I keep buying books. hhahahah

              Gassho,

              Risho
              Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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              • Jundo
                Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                • Apr 2006
                • 39441

                #8
                I might drop in that "everything is connected", yes, but also ...

                ... "everything is everything in the wholiest-holiest most intimate sense".
                ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                • Mp

                  #9
                  Yes, very nice William, thank you.

                  Gassho
                  Shingen

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                  • Kokuu
                    Treeleaf Priest
                    • Nov 2012
                    • 6784

                    #10
                    Lovely quote! I have just ordered Jane Hirshfield's latest volume 'Come, Thief' and am looking forward to it.

                    "amid summer trees
                    blue boat high on a
                    mountain
                    its paint scent drying"

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