dr_con Posted April 12, 2021 Share Posted April 12, 2021 The Sort of Human: In consideration of Joen Sensei’s Teisho Con/Jur/d, 4/12/2021 I’m the sort of man dear reader, who will bow to a vegetable, if I’m being honest, with you. Who else can I be honest with? Please tell. certainly not with myself, “Liar, cheat, coward.” The thief claims that I am his servant, always running by command, every way, this, and that. After all this time he is still unclear what love is? And he would make full bows before a squash. The story, I was told of how it happened: a certain Roshi on Halloween replaced himself. In the interview chamber on the low chair with his personal zafu, in its full orange magic glory. He hid himself behind a curtain. And waited. Certainly, teachers are very good at waiting. The students, coming one by one as they do, some saw the Jack O’ Lantern, laughed, left. Others did full bows, presented their koans, even waited for an answer before, leaving. That, dear readers, he is me. Sure, I would have defended my actions, despite a flush. Again and again, our coaches train us to be far, far more practical, important reminders. The me, that is me, that is not he, but human would have done the same, without bows. They would have entered the small room, smelled incense and a vegetive darkness. Despite the single candle flickering behind a jagged toothful grin sense, joy, trepidation. Do those crudely cut eyes, strands of viscera blackening behind, greet with judgment or love? Here, in this smallness, with a sense of being stared at; a merciful barely suppressed giggle. We come closer to the pumpkin and ask quietly, But clearly, “ What is this?” Stop. Listen. Hear. We already know the answer. Have been hearing it every lived second, “This? Why, love, just love.” Quote thegateless.org Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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