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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Aloha Aitken Roshi

gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā


Before 9/11, before Afganistan and Iraq, before Koran burning, Aitken Roshi wrote:
Reconciliation of seemingly implacable religio-political positions that divide our world is a matter of seeing into the metaphors of the other, sharing our own metaphors, and living the truths which theirs and ours illuminate. Far deeper, and far more inspiring than the literal, the motifs of folk stories, myths and poetry are cognate the world over. When I find the words of Jesus to his disciples to be my own truths, my misunderstanding of Christianity falls away. However, if I were to treat such words verbatim and interpret them within a closed system, I would be just reinforcing the bulwarks of institutional religion and ethnic justification.
Where have you gone?
Who has departed?

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