In Zen math, 2 + 2 = 4 as any schoolchild knows.
Originally Posted by jeff_u
However, 2 + 2 = 2 too, and = 3,4,5.
2 - 2 = 9 all down the line.
2 = 4 = 7 = Buddha Heaven.
And all or any numbers added, divided, subtracted or divided are simply 1 at the start, middle and end.
.00001 = the 10,000 things
1 + 1 = http://0.gravatar.com/avatar/0a18265...23536?s=60&r=G
But don't think of http://0.gravatar.com/avatar/0a18265...23536?s=60&r=G as nothing but Zero.
All the columns always in balance, whatever is put in them.
Something like that. :p
Thanks for the contemplation here, Jundo and jeff.
This Sangha is a real treasure, but one comprising humans who sometimes come together and sometimes push apart. But it's still a treasure. As far as I'm concerned, there would be no Buddhism without Treeleaf. Now, my practice, on the other hand, especially lately feels more like fool's gold than a Treasure. A fallow time. Waiting for the harvest. Need to get on the cushion regularly. No posturing at the gate for me. More like falling asleep under it!
Gassho, Kaishin / Matt
Buddhist math, as explained by Jundo above, is way easier for me than algebra [scared]
It seems you really like playing teacher and pooring oil on fire.
Could please look into your self? I am sure it would help.
PS: if may add the following pointer, you have a fine mind and your wisdom ability is quite impressive, much like one of Dogen s students, you could be asked to develop your grand mother mind, embracing and compassionate mind.