Drunken Security – Chuang Tzu

A drunken man who falls out of a cart, though he may suffer, does not die.  His bones are the same as other people’s; but he meets his accident in a different way.  His spirit is in a condition of security.  He is not conscious of riding in the cart; neither is he conscious of falling out of it.  Ideas of life, death, fear and the like cannot penetrate his breast; and so he does not suffer from contact with objective existence.  If such security is to be got from wine, how much more is to be got from God?
— Chuang Tzu

from Zen to Go, Jon Winokur, ed., New American Library, 1989.

One Response

  1. Tarus says:

    Nice quote, but at least two typos: “car” should be “cart” and “breat” should be “breast”.

    It was cool to wonder what type of car Chuang Tzu would drive.

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