27 June 2006

The Enlightenment of Mr. T

This post was supposed to be about Tulandandasana (a/k/a Balancing Stick Pose) which to me looks like a "t" hence the connection to Mr. T... too cute, I know. But I figure if Dubya can give everyone nicknames he can remember, I can give all the asanas names I can remember.

But that's not what this post is about.

Rather, I had a moment tonight on the mat. After 90 minutes of Bikram, laying in Savasana (a/k/a Corpse Pose) it occurred to me that I was alive. This may seem a tad obvious. But it's really not all that obvious. If it were, I doubt people would spend so much time watching reruns in June.

So I am alive. And this is a good thing, despite death, suffering and all the rest of it.

Really good.



In many Zen monasteries there is "han" - a wooden block struck with a mallet to notify monks and others that zazen is about to begin. Often the following words, said to have been spoken by the Buddha, are carved or printed on the block:

Great is the matter of birth and death
Life flows quickly by
Time waits for no one
Wake up! Wake up!
Don't waste a moment


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