Dismantling the Rose

Dismantling the Rose

Posted by in Religion on 21. Nov, 2011 | 1 Comment

I’ve heard an analogy that compares people’s personal religious beliefs to a beautiful rose. Some people’s intellectual curiosity drives them to dismantle the rose in order to see how it’s put together. Petal by petal they gently pull it apart to learn how the individual parts work or to examine its raw biology under a microscope.

The Finger Pointing at the Moon

The Finger Pointing at the Moon

Posted by in Religion on 20. Aug, 2011 | 1 Comment

There is a simple proverb from the Zen school of Buddhism that compares the relationship between spiritual instructors and the ultimate truth to a finger pointing at the moon:

“Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?”