Mike Rooney

programming and philosophy

Zen and the Art of Memes

I wouldn’t normally have participated in the nearest book meme going around on Planet Ubuntu, except that sentence 5 of page 56 of the nearest book happened to be divine! From Alan Watts’ “The Way of Zen”:

Suffering alone exists, none who suffer;
The deed there is, but no doer thereof;
Nirvana is, but no one seeking it;
The Path there is, but none who travel it.

It happened to stumble perfectly on the closing quote of that particular paragraph! If you want to participate:
  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.


hey! the same thing happened to me just now, after reading the same “find the book nearest to you” message on facebook. i picked up “the Way of Zen” by Alan Watts. at first i read the fifth line… “ghosts as realities. … ideals, our..” But i realised that i was to read the fith sentence. That summary of Buddha’s doctrine is really interesting to stumble upon by chance like that :) and out of about 300 books, that was the closest.. Kool
But The Very Hungry Caterpillar doesn’t have that many pages…