Malady: Meaninglessness

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Mud & Water: The Collected Teachings of Zen Master Bassui by Bassui Tokusho

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       This book covers two journeys: part one is the journey of becoming a Zen Master, and part two is the journey of life after the quest.  Both parts are important.  Too often we see one or the other, but really, if you want to understand a bit about doing something truly big with your life you need to see that it involves two parts: the striving to be and then the managing of being it.  Bassui is awesomely aware of the perils of seeking “authorized enlightenment” and the social responsibility that follows (which means he will lose what drove him to seek enlightenment in the first place—a pure contemplative life). However, Zen likes to be cheeky, and Bassui manages to move through both sides of the mountain with wit and grace.

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