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February 10, 2010

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One could very much liken the american mind to a confused ghost imprisoned in a state of sheer famine, that is, constantly starving for food, sex, money, position, beauty and youth and so on.

This is a beast that cannot get enough; a hungry ghost locked in a permanent cycle of suffering, constantly distracted by its own insatiable hunger for more, it always craves more of whatever that "more" might be.

This is a most vicious cycle, close to impossible to escape. I mean, with such hunger for more, when will you ever stop and find time for to contemplate and practise the dharma?

It has the original mouth but remains wordless;
It is surrounded by a magnificent mound of hair.
Sentient beings can get completely lost in it
But it is also the birthplace of all the Buddhas of the ten thousand worlds.

Ikkyu

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