The Ten Thousand Things
Words and images by Robert Saltzman
To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.
—Eihei Dgen (1200-1253)
The rage for wanting to conclude is one of the most deadly and most fruitless manias to befall humanity. Each religion and each philosophy has pretended to have God to itself, to measure the infinite, and to know the recipe for happiness. What arrogance and what nonsense! I see, to the contrary, that the greatest geniuses and the greatest works have never concluded.
Humility is not a peculiar habit of self-effacement, rather like having an inaudible voice, it is a selfless respect for reality...