Rich Lafferty's LiveJournal (mendel) wrote,
Rich Lafferty's LiveJournal

  • Mood:

Two Albert Low quotes

On the subject of Albert Low and To Know Yourself, a couple of things I wrote down while reading today, both from the chapter in which he explains why he recommends his students, especially those with Christian upbringings, read St John of the Cross's Dark Night of the Soul.

One of the questions frequently asked is, Why does it take so long to come to awakening? The answer is very simple: we want something else more than we want awakening.
In Zen practice a first crucial point is reached when we realize that no experience of any kind is going to give the kind of satisfaction that we crave so deeply.
I wish I hadn't passed up the opportunity to study with Roshi Low when I first encountered Zen.
Tags: albert low, quotes, st john of the cross, zen

  • New Year's resolution

    I'm going to post this on my zen blog later this week, but right now I want to post it somewhere and I'm too tired to compose a post over…

  • how's this work again

    So uh hi there everyone, long time no see? So I've got this theory where I think it'd be good for me to just write about stuff that's going on here,…

  • o hai lj.

    I should totally start using this again.

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded