manifest

XXI

Though the way is ungraspable,
We know it exists.
Though evasive,
It is manifest.
Though secluded,
It brims with vitality.
It has been here
Since the beginning.
Where does it come from?
Look inside and see.

fool

XX

While others are joyful,
I am expressionless.
While others have abundance,
I possess nothing.
While others are bright,
I alone am in darkness.
While others are discriminating,
I am confused.

I am a fool,
With a mind in chaos.
What’s the difference
Between no and yes?
Between bad and good?
Why fear what others fear?
Forego knowledge,
And problems will dissolve.
I drift on the waves,
At the mercy of the wind.

righteousness

XVIII

When the quiet compassion
Of the way is abandoned,
Overt righteousness arises,
Hypocrisy close behind.

People only speak brotherly love
In the midst of family strife.
People only speak patriotism,
When the land is in chaos.

trusting

XVII

The worst leader is despised,
The next-worst, feared.
Better leaders, loved.
The best, hardly noticed.

Prizing words,
They use them sparingly.
Trusting the people,
Their trust is merited.

Accomplishments quietly earned,
So the people may claim them
As their own.

zen stream

Quick announcement: a regular Twitch stream every wednesday at 8pm, UK time. Expect nice sounds and visuals, plus some relaxing natter. Starting out, expect AV-rich video games (Tetris Effect, most likely, for the first few streams). As the library of koan study AV material grows, I might branch out into some shows and mixes rather than games streams – we’ll see. First one was last night – and it felt like a nice thing. Bonus streams might pop up now and again too. Not sure where to announce those, if at all. Look out on Instagram, maybe?

So that’s every Wednesday, 8pm UK time on Twitch. here’s the link:
twitch.tv/koanstudy