The Vigil

By Lame Deer at Willow, at Rosebud, South Dakota, 1967, recorded by Erdoes. Editor's Note The Following story is from Myths and Legends of the American Indian by Boez and Endroes (available on Open Reserve) describes what can go wrong on an all night vigil, one like the RDNA do in preparation for entering the 3rd Order. The vision quest is a tradition among the Plains people. A man or woman seeking the way an the road of life, or trying to find the answer to a personal problem, may go on a...

The Sacred Tortoise

Once, when Chuang Tzu was fishing in the P'u River, the kind of Ch'u sent two officials to go and announce to him I would like to trouble you with the administration of my realm. Chuang Tzu held on to the fishing pole and, without turning his head, said, I have heard that there is a sacred tortoise in Ch'u that has been dead for three thousand years. The king keeps it wrapped in cloth and boxed, and stores it in the ancestral temple. Now would you this tortoise rather be dead and have its bone...

Nanchuan Rejects Both A Monk and Layman

A monk came to Nan-Ch'uan, stood in front of him, and put both hands to his breast. Nan-Ch'uan said, You are too much of a layman. The monk then placed his bands palm to palm. 'You are too much of a monk, said Nan-Ch'uan. The monk could not say a word. When another teacher heard of this, he said to his monks, If were the monk, I would free my hands and walk away backward. NYOGEN When the monk came for sanzen, he meant to express his freedom by not conforming to the rules of entering or leaving...

Mountain Snow

Mountain snow, each region white Common the raven calling No good comes of too much slumber. Mountain snow, deep dingle white Woods bend before wind's onslaught Many couples are in love And never come together. Mountain snow, wind scatters it Moonlight far-spread, leaves pale Rare the rogue who claims no rights. Mountain snow, stag nimble Common to Britain, proud princes A stranger requires cunning. Mountain snow, stag in rut Ducks on the lake, ocean white Slow the old, soon overtaken. Mountain...

The Stone Cutter The Tao of Pooh pg

There was once a stonecutter, who was dissatisfied with himself and his position in life. One day, he passed a wealthy merchant's house, and through the open gateway, saw many fine possessions and important visitors. How powerful that merchant must be thought the stonecutter. He became very envious, and wished that he could be like the merchant. Then he would no longer have to live the life of a mere stonecutter. To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and...

Sayings of the Unitarian Universalists

Out of the stars in their flight, out of the dust of eternity, here have we come, Stardust and sunlight, mingling through time and through space. Out of the stars have we come, up from time Out of the stars have we come. Time out of time before time in the vastness of space, earth spun to orbit the sun, Earth with the thunder of mountains newborn, the boiling of seas. Earth warmed by sun, lit by sunlight this is our home Out of the stars have we come. Mystery hidden in mystery, back through all...