I'm a person who likes shiny new things, as evidenced by my love of Rosie, and my excitement every time I get a new mobile phone.
I was disappointed when my second hand copy of Essential Zen arrived yesterday. It is an ex-library book from Wiltshire. It has a battered plastic cover and the pages are yellowing.
And then I read this paragraph, in the introduction.
We all tend to possess, accumulate, store, and consume, trying to have as much influence and control as possible in our daily lives. This produces a great deal of anxiety, which in turn creates a longing for freedom from such a mode of clinging. Sooner or later we may come to understand that we are free when we are not preoccupied, that we receive more by letting go, and that we achieve more by being selfless. This is the dynamics of nonpossession, which is an essential part of the creative process in the Zen world. (by Kazuaki Tanahashi)
Clever old Zen book, turning up in a battered form to give me another lesson.
My book has passed through at least forty hands - I counted the date stamps. Everything wears out. We can love things as they are.
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