A Sufi Thought for the Week (Zhuangzi)

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“Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi. Soon I awakened, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.” — The Butterfly Dream as translated by Lin Yutang and contributed to this blog by Salman Yunus


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Photos by Ali Hammad

Related articles on this blog:

Sufi Snaps: Fleeting (A photo and a story)

Zen, Tao, Sufism, Wittgenstein (and Lacan?)

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5 Responses to A Sufi Thought for the Week (Zhuangzi)

  1. brenda says:

    The butterfly –
    What are the dreams that make him
    Flutter his wings? ~Chiyo

    Is like a butterfly
    Whatever it is ~ Soin

  2. Jane Cowen says:

    I love how deep your blog is and the photos are always beautiful! I nominated you for a Shine On Award, congratulations!

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