Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Sayings of a Jewish Buddhist

I have a patient who always sends me great stuff. Thanks, SG:

Be here now.
Be someplace else later.
Is that so complicated?

Drink tea and nourish life;
with the first sip, joy;
with the second sip, satisfaction;
with the third sip, peace;
with the fourth, a Danish.

Wherever you go, there you are.
Your luggage is another story.

Do not wish for perfect health, or a life without problems.
What would you talk about?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single Oy.

There is no escaping karma.
In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited.
And whose fault was that?

Zen is not easy.
It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?

The Tao does not speak.
The Tao does not blame.
The Tao does not take sides.
The Tao has no expectations.
The Tao demands nothing of others.
The Tao is not Jewish.

If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?

Breathe in. Breathe out.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

Let your mind be as a floating cloud.
Let your stillness be as a wooded glen.
And sit up straight.
You'll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders.

Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers.
Each flower blossoms ten thousand times.
Each blossom has ten thousand petals.
You might want to see a specialist.

Be aware of your body.
Be aware of your perceptions.
Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness.

The Torah says, Love your neighbor as yourself.
The Buddha says, There is no self.
So, maybe we're off the hook.


At Thu Jan 03, 08:30:00 PM, Blogger rlbates said...

Very nice!

Happy New Year!

At Fri Jan 04, 07:56:00 PM, Blogger Dreaming again said...

Absolutely terrific! Thanks for the smiles!

At Sat Jan 05, 12:15:00 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Bwahahaha! Terrific!

And true! : D

At Sun Jan 06, 09:07:00 PM, Blogger Midwife with a Knife said...

A lot of profound truths there! :)

At Mon Jan 07, 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Rachel Keslensky said...

A friend found this for me and led me here. He is clearly a very good friend. :)

At Tue Jan 08, 08:32:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Deb said...

These are wonderful.


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