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


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 


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.



1 comment:

David Ashton said...

What great advice!