Monday, November 21, 2011

A Timeless Question

Dear Edahn,

Down through the ages has been the question: "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Now I read that according to Buddhism, "the chicken is in the egg, and the egg is in the chicken". Has the question been answered then? And if so, where the heck do we go from here? ;-)

NICE TRY, BUT SINCE only chickens can make eggs, . . . all chickens come from eggs, . . . every chicken was once an egg, . . . the only source of eggs is chickens, Ahhh, fuck it.

Here's an actual picture of a chicken-dinosaur that predated both of them.


Linda said...

Same here. But then I was reading a Thich Nhat Hahn book where he was talking about how everything is all one thing. He then said, "The egg is in the chicken, and the chicken is in the egg." It got me to thinking about the premise that the chicken must come first, in order for there to be an egg. Ahhhh but from whence came the chicken? The egg. Which came from a chicken. In my younger years this may have kept me up at night, but now it just makes me hungry... Just when you think it's safe to log into your blog, someone like me comes along.... *L* P.S. Loved the cartoon! Thanks for airing my drivel~~~

edahn said...

:) :)

How do you like Thich Nhat Hanh's writings? Have you read other stuff? The chicken-egg things is fun to think about. I might have to revise my answer a bit. :)

Linda said...

LOL Hey great pic of the Chickosaurus! Have you heard of the Colsasaurus? (colonelsandersasaurus). It evolved shortly after the Chickasaurus and would hunt by pelting clobs of original recipe at poor chicko.... Well, maybe it's time to lay off the caffiene for the day. As for Thich Nhat Hahn, I read part of Peace Is Every Breath and got a lot out of it... until it got a little deeper and I realized I'm still too much a beginner to grasp it. I'll go back later on and try again. The book I can't say enough great things about is Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck. Have you read her? She understands the Western World mind, and incorporates a good deal of psychology to help the reader untangle the mind from what is really there. Some Zen writers are from Viet Nam (like Nhat Hahn) or Japan and therefore cannot write from a Western perspective; therefore they can be difficult to follow. Joko Beck writes clearly and understandably for even the slowest of brains, such as that owned by yours truly. :-) I am about a third of the way through her book and so far I'm very happy with it and making progress. I thought of your experience with the Zen "teacher" who was full of herself.... Find a copy of Everyday Zen and read the chapter titled, "Authority". When I read it I thought of your bad experience. I think if you read that chapter you will come away with a good feeling. Hope you had a great holiday!

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