[~guyatree adds, 

You must needs learn all things,/ both the unshaken heart of well-rounded reality/ and the notions of mortals, in which there is no genuine trustworthiness./ Nonetheless these things too will you learn, how what they resolved/ had actually to be, all through all pervading. (Fr. 1.28b-32)”


…First, know that Being Is, and it is not possible
For Being not to be. This is the way of Persuasion,
Who dwells with Truth. Next, the other, that Being Is Not,
Cannot be. That is a path not to tread upon.
You cannot know what is Not, nor can you speak of it.

Parmenides seems to state two…

Parmenides commentary I: “First, know that Being Is…”


Thus half I heard:

Zen today.
             Nothing tomorrow.
                   "Being is an aspect of non-being; non-being is no different from being. 

                    Until you understand this truth, you won’t see anything clearly. 
                    One is all; all are one. When you realize this, what reason for holiness or wisdom? 
                    The mind of absolute openness is beyond all thought, all striving; 
                     it is perfectly at peace, for in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today.“

 Not-two then, 
and neither here 
nor there 
in the valley at full moon
       where 128 li connect this small village and the temple,
there are no buddhists
to travel the vast distance between us.
Zen today;         Nothing tomorrow.  (Two-day Sesshin with Beginner’s Mind)

Just so brother,
with a deep bow
(having missed your funeral)
know I will attend your dharma-talks, 
(with sharper arrows)
 : )
=== Guy >  


This young man is sincere and convincing; he clearly believes in what he says. 

But then every convert to every faith is sincere and convinced; each carries the same fervency in accepting, as they did before in rejecting; each uses the same skills honed before conversion, purposed now for the noblest path: the faith at hand.

Those born and raised and happy in a religion may not consider how such a conversion which does not result in a growing respect (not only for the new outlook, but) for the former as well,  may imply The One Presence belongs to one group alone (yours), as if the One Presence speaks to no other hearts, in any other language, in any other way than the one you were lucky enough, graced enough, to find, to hear, to see, to love.

Merrily I say to you–have you not heard,  the LORD our GOD, is ONE.


I pray the Sustainer may guide me even closer than this, to a consciousness of what is right