“Be in harmony with the nature of things.”
I was sent this saying from the legendary Zen master Seng Tsan, who lived about 1,400 years ago.
The saying was sent to me in the form of words placed on top of a photograph of a lush green hill of ferns.
I looked at the picture, and thought, “Well, that’s the nature of some things. There are other things that have different natures, though.”
Which natures of which things does Tsan’s Zen adage ask us to be in harmony with?
Are we to be in harmony with the nature of shopping malls? How about being in harmony with the nature of a pile of dirty dishes? Should we be in harmony with the nature of things kept in military arsenals, like nuclear weapons?
How can I be in harmony with the nature of a razor blade, or an HIV virus, or a hand grenade? These are things, aren’t they?