in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.”
― Thich Nhat Hạnh,
Buddha Mind, Buddha Body:
Walking Toward Enlightenment
"Be Still and know that I am God!"
― Psalm 46:11
In the world of Zen, words are not generally held in high regard.
It's not surprising that some students even got smacked by crotchety old Zen masters for their "loose lips." Words can be pretty damn tricky.
A case in point: The realm of words creates a thought world where the word "swearing" could either describe what emerges when a person angrily launches into a foul-mouthed condemnation of something -- or a what happens when a person wholeheartedly takes a sacred oath.
It seems to me that any particular word, or even a whole string of those slippery devils, at best, can only hint at the Truth. If you are paying attention, what is not said may be more meaningful than what is said. Like Life itself: It's all a matter of context. The devil isn't in the details. The devil is the details -- devoid of a Connection to the Heart of the Matter.
For me, staying Connected to That takes Practice.
And Practice takes Commitment.
Oh no, not that!