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The St Petersburg pier has been decaying, and now is in its death throes--the city is tearing it down to build something in its place. As the Buddha taught, all is impermanence . . .
Merton wrote: "Buddhist meditation, but above all that of Zen, seeks not to explain but to pay attention, to become aware, to be mindful, in other words to develop a certain kind of consciousness that is above and beyond deception by verbal formulas--or by emotional excitement. Deception in what? Deception in its grasp of itself as it really is. Deception due to diversion and distraction from what is right there . . ."