Mouse and Tiger

15 Jan

Title:  Mouse and Tiger

Medium:  Oil pastel and pencil on plain sketch paper

I have been reading “Not Always So” by Shunryu Suzuki, and came across the line that you can see written in small print around the mouse’s tail.  “A tiger catches a mouse with his whole strength.”  In other words, the tiger makes no judgment about how much of himself to employ in the catching of the mouse.  He is a tiger, wholly and completely, and catches the tiny mouse with the same tigerness with which he catches a water buffalo.  Shunryu Suzuki’s message is the significance of being wholly oneself, without making judgments and measuring how much of one’s self to give.


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