“If you cannot find the truth right where you are,
where else do you expect to find it?” -Dogen
“Every day is a messenger of God.” -Russian Proverb
Welcome to the Ubiquitous Burrito. I’ve tentatively sub-titled this blog “The ongoing quest for that all-important, ever-present something-or-other….” And if you can figure out exactly what that means, maybe you can clue me in, because, frankly, I’m still figuring it out myself.
To be honest, there are a lot of things I’m still figuring out. I thought I had everything under control for a while when I was younger, but that sense of absolute certainty and invincibility has faded somewhat, along with the boldness and impetuousness of youth. I’m not here to turn back time, but I am looking for a leg to stand on, for a bit of solid ground beneath these pilgrim feet. Or possibly for the end of the illusion that such solid ground exists or should be sought. After all, as Helen Keller wrote, “Security is mostly a superstition.”
I may update this “About” page periodically, but for now I’ll leave you with a brief story that struck me as interesting and worth some reflection. It may seem a bit paradoxical, but being at peace in the place of unknowing and confusion is one of the skills I’m trying to develop these days, “midway along the journey of our life.” I appreciate your stopping in here, and I hope you might find something worth your while.
And now the story…
One day a monk spoke bitterly to the Buddha. All he wanted to talk about was the unbearable sorrows of the world. The Buddha remained silent while the monk talked, then a faint smile appeared on his face.
He pointed to the ground below his feet and said: “On this earth I have attained awakening.”