Two clay oxen fight each other,
Then they jump into the sea, bellowing.
Past, Present and Future rush in after
But can’t find them in the roiled water.
What are these four lines about? I think these lines are about the impermanence (a favorite Buddhist theme) – about the impermanence of what we are, about the impermanence of our reactions, about the impermanence of the existential drama that we are embroiled in. Like clay, the past, the present and the future dissolve in the roiling sea of time. And, like clay oxen, our egos resist the idea of our own impermanence. In so doing, we angrily resist our own liberation.
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