Monday, March 21, 2011

Dangerous Harvests: 2nd Anniversary Post Week

This week, the blog turns two years old. How did that happen? Honestly, I had no idea what would come of this when I started it, but here we are.

The following is the first post I ever made, back on March 23, 2009. A lot has changed in my life since then, but other things aren't all that different really.

Anyway, here it is. I'll plan on reposting more of those early pieces, in part because they came before I had much of an audience. But also, because it's kind of fun to look back. Enjoy!

Let me begin with a quote from Dogen, a 13th century zen master, from his teaching "Tenzo Kyokun."

"Under no circumstances allow anyone who happens to be drifting through the kitchen to poke his fingers around or look into the pot."

Now, let's take yourself/myself. You and I, we probably enjoy entertainment, right? In fact, we probably are more than willing to let someone drift into our world if they will entertain us away from our problems, our suffering. And isn't it probably also true that, when faced with another who is suffering greatly and in need of someone who is willing to just listen, to bear witness to that suffering, and maybe make a pointed comment or two when necessary - we, well I anyway, is often more than willing to be that person that meddles with the situation by entertaining, or excessively agreeing with what is being said, or by simply "poking my fingers" into something that needs to stew awhile yet. And why? Because there is such a strong desire to be rid of the misery, to have a "happy" or at least "ok" friend, or lover, or co-worker, or even stranger. Maybe it's time we face up to this fact, our desire to turn away from life as it is. What do you think?

Continuing the "cooking" theme of Dogen, he said "A dish is not necessarily superior because you have prepared it with choice ingredients, nor is a soup inferior because you have made it with ordinary greens." I ask you all this: if we cannot embrace the "ordinary greens" of our lives, then how can we be but ghosts chasing after something superior that never quite comes?


Maia Duerr said...


Congratulations on two years of Dangerous Harvests! That's quite a feat, and I now have some inkling of the persistence that's needed to write a blog. And you put out quality posts on such a consistent basis... really amazing.

And I love this first post... an auspicious start.

Anonymous said...

Wow, two years! That's amazing. Congratulations.


Genju said...

Happy Anniversary! May there be many more harvests! I love the post - speaks well to me tonight.


Nathan said...

It's really become part of my spiritual practice to write this blog. And I think it has reinforced my persistence in other parts of my practice life as well.

kevin said...

congrats on two years. i'm looking forward to one year in a couple months. i like yours a lot better than my first post.

i totally agree on it becoming a part of spiritual practice. it's allowed me to think through and process things that tug at my sleeve when i can't get to dokusan.

keep it up. while i don't always agree with what you write, i appreciate seeing the same scenery through different eyes.

(everyone seems to be bringing up the tenzo kyokun this week.. what's up with that?)

Nathan said...

(everyone seems to be bringing up the tenzo kyokun this week.. what's up with that?)

not sure - must be a lot of "cooking" going on.