Shibata Zeshin, Cattails and Moon, 19th century. Album leaf; lacquer on silver paper. Beautiful. Thank you, shotaku,
No matter how much we like or dislike, or are hurt or maimed by a thought, action or event, our attitudes do not colour the event itself, only our relationship to it. As this is so, no matter how much we stomp or shout or cajole or whine, reality is what it is. In this is sacredness and dignity.
Anzan Hoshin Roshi, Cutting the Cat Into One: the Practice of the Bodhisattva Precepts (Thank you, sharanam)