Saturday, February 22, 2014

More Awake In Dreams

More Awake In Dreams

Many are more awake, 
with greater abilities in dreams,
than in the daylight,

I walked through a world last night 
of such exquisite intricacies 
in my sleep, some might say.

But no, it was not really like that. 
It was surely as real 
as any place you ever visited. 

Whatever the hand can shape 
 - and make last - 
the mind can do a millionfold. 

         A few years ago, my dad taught me the word koan, which I had forgotten until now. A koan is a story, dialog, question, or statement in the history and lore of Buddhism, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet that may be accessible to intuition. One famous koan is, "Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?" (an oral tradition attributed to Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769). The term koan refers to any experience that accompanies awakening, spiritual insight, or kensho (to "see the essence" or to comprehend).
         “It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist 
I Dreamed A Dream, Les Miserables 
Jun Sung Ahn, Violin

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