One of the oldest & yet to-the-point Zen pointers is: "Chop Wood, carry water." My North Country sangha came round today & stacked wood. They had no need to carry water since it was pouring out of the sky. IMG_2501
  • Samu: Work practice; work undertaken with full attention to the task.
  • Sangha: One of the three treasures, the community of practitioners.
  • Three Treasures: The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha. 

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.