This morning I took different route to come here. I usually use Lindberg, but because Ladue is under construction for new pavement, its top being stripped and grooved, I turned on Shrewsbury to avoid difficult driving.
Still, I used to return to Lindbergh. But today I went straight on Spoede, smoothly into Hwy. 40. Lindbergh has signals to handle traffic at Hwy 40. People tend to use new, wide highways, thinking them much faster.
When we use old, small roads, we have less traffic and troubles, more nature and peace, smoother driving. We want to have instant gains, and we forget long lasting consequences, as in the case of nuclear energy and renewable energy.
Dogen said, “Carrying the self around to cultivate and verify dharma is delusion. All dharmas advance to cultivate and verify the self is awakening.” We tend to stick to the self, but only when we see from and settle in the dharma, can we have long, wide, true solutions.
This old, safe, well-practiced path is better than new, dangerous, short-sight roads. This sitting is to go back to the dharma world and enjoy it, not let the self meddle in and mess around the dharma world.