Contemplations

The spirit of the universe was what I was born to realize.

– Allen Ginsberg

Taken from his interview for the Paris Review.

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Ever tried.
Ever failed.
No matter.
Try Again.
Fail again.
Fail better.

– Samuel Beckett

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kōan 57: Gon’yo’s One “Thing”

Venerable Gon’yo asked Joshu,
“How is it when a person does not have a single thing?”
Joshu said,
“Throw it away.”
Gon’yo said,
“I say I don’t have a single thing. What could I ever throw away?”
Joshu said,
“If so, carry it around with you.”

This is kōan 57 taken from A collection of 100 koans by Shoyoroku (E. Book of Serenity, C. Ts’ung-jung lu).

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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

– R. Buckminster Fuller

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