Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series



The Undying Lamp of Zen

The Testament of Zen Master Torei

Translated by Thomas Cleary


The Emerging Sun Scripture says, “The wise use insight to refine their minds; like iron in ore, it takes hundreds of smeltings to produce pure metal, just as it takes constant lapping of the ocean to produce its treasures.

(page 51)


Hermit Poet’s Comments: Learning from a book is not enough. Further, the more we read and gain knowledge the more questions we ask. We must also have life experience which will bring us up and drop us down. Travel is good if it is on your own $$$. Staying in cheap locations and interacting with the locals is the best way to experience and learn the culture. 

Time alone sitting or walking and just thinking is also needed to organize thoughts. Meditation is also helpful to give the mind a rest. Lastly, I’m a big believer in developing and utilizing intuition. I rely on a combination of past experiences, knowledge, current research, and my intuition when making decisions.



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