Gasan instructed his adherents one day:  "Those who speak against killing and who desire to spare the lives of all conscious beings are right.  It is good to protect even animals and insects.  But what about those persons who kill time, what about those who are destroying wealth, and those who destroy political economy?  We should not overlook them.  Furthermore, what of the one who preaches without enlightenment?  He is killing Buddhism."

-- From 101 Zen Stories, transcribed by Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps

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  1. Good quote. Just on the day when I was feeling angry about the deaths of horses in the UK's Grand National steeplechase. This quote makes me a hypocrite.

    I kill a lot of time.

    And if I don't practice with integrity, or speak about it inappropriately (by misrepresenting it) am I killing yoga?! Killing is a pretty strong word to use in a metaphor. There's no coming back from death. I don't think my clumsiness/foolishness/arrogance/anything else has the power to destroy yoga entirely!

    But then, of course, most Buddhists would say that's wrong, as death is not the end.

    This has turned out to be a little long - just some random thoughts. I have so many thoughts on this I'd like to be able to claim I was going to write a blog post on it myself. But knowing the way I never get round to blogging the things I think about, to make that claim would be killing truth.