St. Philotheus of Sinai

Keep the body properly slim so that you reduce the burden of the
heart’s warfare,

with full benefit to yourself.

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Hyakujo’s Fox

Once when Hyakujo delivered some Zen lectures an old man attended them, unseen by the monks. At the end of each talk when the monks left so did he. But one day he remained after the had gone, and Hyakujo asked him: `Who are you?’

The old man replied: `I am not a human being, but I was a human being when the Kashapa Buddha preached in this world. I was a Zen master and lived on this mountain. At that time one of my students asked me whether the enlightened man is subject to the law of causation. I answered him: “The enlightened man is not subject to the law of causation.” For this answer evidencing a clinging to absoluteness I became a fox for five hundred rebirths, and I am still a fox. Will you save me from this condition with your Zen words and let me get out of a fox’s body? Now may I ask you: Is the enlightened man subject to the law of causation?’

Hyakujo said: `The enlightened man is one with the law of causation.’

At the words of Hyakujo the old man was enlightened. `I am emancipated,’ he said, paying homage with a deep bow. `I am no more a fox, but I have to leave my body in my dwelling place behind this mountain. Please perform my funeral as a monk.’ The he disappeared.

The next day Hyakujo gave an order through the chief monk to prepare to attend the funeral of a monk. `No one was sick in the infirmary,’ wondered the monks. `What does our teacher mean?’

After dinner Hyakujo led the monks out and around the mountain. In a cave, with his staff he poked out the corpse of an old fox and then performed the ceremony of cremation.

That evening Hyakujo gave a talk to the monks and told this story about the law of causation.

Obaku, upon hearing this story, asked Hyakujo: `I understand that a long time ago because a certain person gave a wrong Zen answer he became a fox for five hundred rebirths. Now I was to ask: If some modern master is asked many questions, and he always gives the right answer, what will become of him?’

Hyakujo said: `You come here near me and I will tell you.’

Obaku went near Hyakujo and slapped the teacher’s face with this hand, for he knew this was the answer his teacher intended to give him.

Hyakujo clapped his hands and laughed at the discernment. `I thought a Persian had a red beard,’ he said, `and now I know a Persian who has a red beard.’

Mumon’s comment: `The enlightened man is not subject.’ How can this answer make the monk a fox?
`The enlightened man is at one with the law of causation.’ How can this answer make the fox emancipated?
To understand clearly one has to have just one eye.

Controlled or not controlled?
The same dice shows two faces.
Not controlled or controlled,
Both are a grievous error.

Three of Disks

concentrated effort applied with great determination and diligence to a situation requiring your whole attention.

attainment through effort

to the exclusion of all else. Sometimes people do this in order to avoid facing emotional pain and distress

be very damaging if you continue to hide from your own feelings.

There’s a good deal of dynamic energy attached to the card, and this is usually well-harnessed and put to good use.

immovable object – then lean on it with all our might.

Look for areas where you feel overwhelmed, overworked or inadequate, and then target them all day!

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #537

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Penciller: Terry Dodson

The Story: (hide) Breaking Point Part 3 (of 4) What can one alien do with a single knife on an island packed full of some of the most powerful mutants on Earth? Anything he wants — as long as none of them are awake. Revenge runs red and debts are bloodily settled as BREAKING POINT approaches its climax.

I picked this up at Alakazam. I read it at Peets by UCI on a Friday after attending Reggae Day.

It was a great afternoon and that likely helped my enjoyment of this comic which felt like a bit of a throw back X-Men issue to me. I had been very upset by Magneto being depicted as a chump in the last issue and here we again see one man fairly trounce most of the X-Men. Of course, Wolverine is not defeated, which just further cements the lameness in my mind. The end was strong, but it felt like this issue and the last could have been combined and moved this story off the front burner faster–there is so much other good stuff going on around this story that I really wish it would just end.

Dungeons and Dragons #7

STORY BY: John Rogers
ART BY: Horacio Domingues, JUANAN, Andrea Di Vito, [more…]
COLORS BY: Aburtov, Graphikslava
LETTERS BY: Chris Mowry
COVER BY: Tyler Walpole, Paolo Francescutto, Jorge Lucas
PUBLISHER: IDW

The origin of Fell’s Four is so huge, it’s grown to two issues! While stranded in the Feywild, Adric recounts for Tisha how Fell’s Four was born—and almost died the very same day. Join us as John Rogers brings us a new chapter in these thrilling adventures of swords and sorcery.

I bought this at Alakazam. I read it at Peets.

Jack and I are still very much enjoying this book. I did not think that the art was as good as it had been, but the fun adventure spirit of this book is still very much alive.

I will leave this on my pull list.

Peanut Butter Toast, Grapes, Coffee, and Water

Macaroni & Cheese, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Orange, Coffee, and Water