Even Fire Feels Cool

Hello Dear Readers,

Recently I watched the Japanese children’s show Nihongo de Asobo which explores Japanese culture and literature in a fun, artistic way.  I have often found many great quotes and posted them here in the past, but I haven’t watched the show in recent years due to lack of time, so it was great to watch the show again.

Today I wanted to share another quote:

Shintou wo mekkyaku sureba hi mo mata suzushi

In English this can be translated as: Clear your mind of all mundane thoughts, and you will find even fire cool.

This famous quote is attributed to a Rinzai Zen master of the 16th century named Kaisen Shōki (快川紹喜, 1502-1582) but seems to be quoted in other Japanese sources as well.

Anyhow, something fun to share. 🙂


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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