Discussion of Zen Buddhism.
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I was on travel earlier this year and was reading (I think) the Shobogenzo on the plane and recall a passage relating the practices of Chinese river watermen using wooden "geese" ie blocks of wood, to chart river currents so as to find safe passage. I did a bunch of searching since and couldn't find it again, so wonder if I was reading something else. If the reference brings anything to mind, I would much appreciate it- that passage has stuck in my mind, I'd like to read through it again.
Yeah thats the translation I've been reading, I searched thru it equally fruitlessly. Maybe its from another tradition entirely... its definitely from someone's commentary but whose... lol, it must be on my phone or tablet. I'll keep looking but figured I'd ask on the off chance...
An interesting part of the commentary on that passage were the footnotes which suggested that there is no safe passage- we have no wooden geese; in essense we are taking our chances at all times. I'm inclined to interpret it further, to consider that to take refuge in any view at all is to adopt yet more delusion, but I would like to reread that section more deeply.