Saturday, February 20, 2010

Crazy Cloud Clip

"A single night of love is better than a thousand nights of sterile meditation."

Ikkyu (Crazy Clouds)

Hands palm to palm,


trans by John Stevens: Wild Ways: Zen Poems of Ikkyu


  1. For us on this side of the pale moon, the words of Jim Croce ran truer still:
    "write on the cross at the head of my grave
    "for women & whiskey, here lies a poor slave
    "take warning, dear stranger, take warning, dear friend
    "then write in big letters these words at the end:

    "Cigarettes, whiskey, and wild wild women
    They'll drive you crazy, they'll drive you insane."

  2. Why do I get the feeling that there is more to this than just these few words? The word 'love', hmmm . . . of course there are those who teach 'love' making as a way to the realization of something greater than ego ;-)

  3. Jorge: But what a way to go! Cigs, whisky and wild women is not my lifestyle...what I feel Ikkyu is talking about is passion. Many monks who sit zazen without passion, without finding delight in sitting are wasting their time. Making one good night of love is much better. Great to hear from you.

    Doug: Is that the path of tantric yoga? Ikkyu, like some masters of the way, perhaps could eat drink and be merry without the karmic buildup us mere mortals would create...who knows. Thanks.

    Rizal: Go for it man! LOL!!!

  4. Yes Shinzen, True Tantra is about love between a couple, but the westernized world turns everything into sexual gratification ;-)