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- proper n. A Buddhist monk and philosopher, Yunmen Wenyan.
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Ummon's statement -- "Every day is a good day" -- is, on its face, absurd.
Each of us is Phil the groundhog, each of us is Phil Connors, each of us is a monk in Ummon's assembly, facing the mystery of our human life as it unfolds day by day.
Zen teacher Ummon said to the assembled monks, I do not ask about 15 days ago, or 15 days hence.
Ummon didn't mean that every day was good in a Pollyanna-ish way, but that every day, even the most tragic, has within it the seeds of renewal, of Spring.
In medieval China a stick was used as we now use toilet roll and Ummon was telling his questioner in the plainest possible terms that he could wipe his ass with Buddha, or at least his ideas of Buddha.