Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Living A Koan

RILKE



Rainer Maria Rilke - Live the Questions Now

...I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have 


patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to 


love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or 


books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the 


answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would 


not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live 


the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you 


will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the 


answer.


Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903
in Letters to a Young Poet

Whatever koan one may be working on, this seems 


to be good 


advice from Rilke. Because living an answer is not 


an intellectual 


experience, its a body/mind experience, an 


actualized moment.




BOWS,


Alan

1 comment:

David Ashton said...

What great advice!