Thich, tea, seeds and markets

John Hussman of Hussman Funds seems to have gone rather existential in his latest market commentary; speaking of seeds, actions, thoughts, consciousness and quoting from the Tathāgata/Buddha, the Vietnamnese chan master Thich Nhat Hanh and the French existentialist Jean Paul Sartre.

Reading and with my cup of tea in hand, am reminded of Thich Nhat Hanh’s familiar sayings on everyday actions and the potential seeds of every moment.

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis
on which the world earth revolves
– slowly, evenly, without
rushing toward the future;
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich has interesting things to say about other everyday actions as well, like washing dishes.
As with my own stack awaiting in the kitchen sink, I think I’ll get to that later…


One thought on “Thich, tea, seeds and markets

  1. Dishes done. Here’s Thich on washing dishes.

    “In the United States, I have a close friend named Jim Forest. When I first met him eight years ago, he was working with the Catholic Peace Fellowship. Last winter, Jim came to visit. I usually wash the dishes after we’ve finished the evening meal, before sitting down and drinking tea with everyone else. One night, Jim asked if he might do the dishes. I said, “Go ahead, but if you wash the dishes you must know the way to wash them.” Jim replied, “Come on, you think I don’t know how to wash the dishes?” I answered, “There are two ways to was the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes to wash the dishes.” Jim was delighted and said, “I choose the second way–to wash the dishes to wash the dishes.” From then on, Jim knew how to wash the dishes. I transferred the “responsibility” to him for an entire week.

    If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes.” What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact, we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.”

    -Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness

    Wonderful. Almost makes me want to go and do my dishes all over again.

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