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SMOKEY THE BEAR SUTRA Gary Snyder
 

Summary: SMOKEY THE BEAR SUTRA
Gary Snyder
Once in the Jurassic about 150 million years ago,
the Great Sun Buddha in this corner of the Infinite
Void gave a Discourse to all the assembled elements
and energies: to the standing beings, the walking beings,
the flying beings, and the sitting beings---even grasses,
to the number of thirteen billion, each one born from a
seed, assembled there: a Discourse concerning
Enlightenment on the planet Earth.
``In some future time, there will be a continent called
America. It will have great centers of power called
such as Pyramid Lake, Walden Pond, Mt. Rainier, Big Sur,
Everglades, and so forth; and powerful nerves and channels
such as Columbia River, Mississippi River, and Grand Canyon.
The human race in that era will get into troubles all over
its head, and practically wreck everything in spite of
its own strong intelligent Buddha­nature.''
``The twisting strata of the great mountains and the pulsings
of volcanoes are my love burning deep in the earth.

  

Source: Alexander, Roger K. - Department of Mathematics, Iowa State University

 

Collections: Mathematics