Joshu's DogIt might be there is an entirely distinct universe just the other side of thought. Where thought ends. Comes mere seeing.
A monk asked Joshu, a Chinese Zen master: `Has a dog Buddha-nature or not?'
Joshu answered: `Mu.' [Mu is the negative symbol in Chinese, meaning `No-thing' or `Nay'.] http://www.ibiblio.org/zen/gateless-gate/1.html
Cherry blossoms filling the ground,I have often betrayed the blossoms.
Sunset filling my eyes:
Blossoms vanished, spring old,
I feel the passing years.
When blossoms were at their finest
I neglected to call.
The blossoms did not betray me.
I betrayed the blossoms.
- Ishikawa Jozan (1583-1672)
I must rely on their willingness to be overlooked by a distracted passing person.
I have not called.
No invocation, no knowing God.
I know now my mistake.