Words From My Teacher
Our lives are patterns of the fabric produced by the loom of time and space.
When we see the individual things, each one is impermanent, constantly changing, without any fixed independent entity.
But this work of weaving continues. Our life is a result and a gift from people and things from the past.
What we do now influences later generations, whether positively or negatively.
The loom is weaving the ancient brocade of eternity, while the spring is new, fresh and different each year.
The spring of the entire heaven and earth is manifested within a tiny plum blossom in the cold air.
The tiny blossom actualizes the spring of the entire heaven and earth.
All individual things are working together as a whole without anything being excluded.
There is no observer and observation from outside.
~ Shohaku Okumura Roshi