“Inspiration and wretchedness are inseparable. We always want to get rid of misery rather than see how it works together with joy…With only inspiration, we become arrogant. With only wretchedness, we lose our vision…We can be big and small at the same time.”
I met a man over the weekend who lives in a Zen Buddhist retreat. I think he’s technically a monk. He’s the kind of guy who had major life changes and then moved away, found inner peace, and now lives off of next to nothing in a remote, self-containing, life-affirming, meditation-and-chanting sort of way.
In other words, the kind of person I find fascinating, yet would never, ever want to be. I started asking him questions. Continue reading