The Zen of firewood November 15, 2012

I recently read this passage from Alan Watts’s, The Way of Zen, and was reminded of the many times I’ve sat quietly watching my wood burn down to coals in preparation for an asado.  It is a quote from Dogen’s Shobogenzo:

When firewood becomes ashes, it never returns to being firewood.  But we should not take the view that what is latterly ashes was formerly firewoord.  What we should understand is that, according to the doctrine of Buddhism, firewood stay at the position of firewood…There are former and later stages, but these stages are clear cut.

In the spirit of Zen, I will not elaborate any further.  I leave it to the contemplation of the reader.


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