"I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose."--S.I. Hayakawa

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zen-ing Out


If you mindfully try to tune into mind,
you will definitely be unable to tune in.
—Foyan (1067-1120)

I no longer care that my dishwasher has been broken since Jan. 18.

What you must do is live in harmony  with it.—Ibid

I am at peace, even though the extended warranty company is unable find anyone to fix my dishwasher.

If you say you are in tune with the ancients,
the ancients are gone.--Ibid

 I will not bother customer no-service again, even if it doesn’t get repaired until summer.

Now tell me, what is the source of mind,
 to which one tunes in on one’s own?—Ibid.


There is no reason to have a super quiet, energy efficient Jenn Air dishwasher operational in this house.

You have to tune in with mindless mind.—Ibid.

There is no reason for a dishwasher when the entire septic system, from where it exits the house in a six inch cast iron pipe, through the large holding tank, including the lift station pump and floats, and the leach field is one solid block of ice that will not thaw out until the Fourth of July.

Make me one with everything.
—Zen Buddhist to the hot dog stand guy.

Well, perhaps not with the septic system. 
Nor with the red pail in which I pee.  
Nor the half a pizza and four oatmeal cookies I ate tonight just for spite, 
although that might come to be.

As soon as there is an affirmation,
then there is a denial—Foyan

Photo taken at the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, China, site of more than 2100 niches portraying more than 100,000 statues, most of which are of Buddha.  the site is on the US World Heritage List.

(Anyone who lives south of 33°  N latitude is encouraged to invite Gullible to be their house guest for the duration.)


  1. you've traveled the world and probably peed in some strange places but that red bucket scene will stick with me a long time. ;D

  2. Oh my goodness....what a situation! Here's praying for summer to come sooner rather than later! :)

  3. Oh dear!
    Oh me!
    A red bucket
    In which to pee?

    Oh my!
    Oh no!
    Septic system's
    Buried in snow?

    Great Scott!
    Good golly!
    It'd be hard
    To be jolly!

    By Gosh!
    Good grief!
    I'm prayin'
    For some relief!

  4. jeannie, you can stay with us any time for as long as you like. Our toilet works and we have running water!!! Katy

  5. You're more than welcome to come to Okieland. The sepic ain't frozen but it's becoming twister season. May have to use that red bucket in the fradie hole.

  6. In my mind, there is nothing to tune into...only endless static no matter how I twist and turn my ears.