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Jack Kerouac

From Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists by Kay Larson:

Kerouac’s own life-altering moment occurred in the San Jose Library in late December 1953, when he picked up a 1917 volume on Indian religion and opened it spontaneously to a page titled “The Life of the Buddha.” He read: “O worldly man! How fatally deluded! Beholding everywhere the body brought to dust, yet everywhere the more carelessly living; the heart is neither lifeless wood nor stone, and yet it thinks not ‘All is Vanishing.’” The quote was followed by the instruction “Repose beyond fate.” Stunned, Kerouac felt that he had “all this time lived in ignorance and struggled and suffered for nothing.”

thepenguinpress:

endlessme:

Jack Kerouac

From Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists by Kay Larson:

Kerouac’s own life-altering moment occurred in the San Jose Library in late December 1953, when he picked up a 1917 volume on Indian religion and opened it spontaneously to a page titled “The Life of the Buddha.” He read: “O worldly man! How fatally deluded! Beholding everywhere the body brought to dust, yet everywhere the more carelessly living; the heart is neither lifeless wood nor stone, and yet it thinks not ‘All is Vanishing.’” The quote was followed by the instruction “Repose beyond fate.” Stunned, Kerouac felt that he had “all this time lived in ignorance and struggled and suffered for nothing.”

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