rivers into islands

rivers into islands

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Eternal Life

Lance Kinseth, The Speech Of The Flower, 48x60”

ABBOT ZENKEI SHIBAYAMA [1894-1974] whom I met in late 1960s writes,
Silently a flower blooms,

In silence it falls away;…

The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.

How can the quickly fading flower demonstrate eternal life?

Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
The world of the flower, the whole of
the world is blooming.

This is the talk of the flower, the truth
 of the blossom;

Flower buds, blossoms, shrivels, and disappears—still, no birth and death, and flower not “there” and you “here.”

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