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On Pilgrimage, No Clue

December 1, 2015

Hello Everyone, 
We like to surround ourselves with that which is familiar. We believe that we can count on the familiar to take us through life.  One thing that I have noticed is that in trusting the familiar I often disengage from what is happening around me, just counting on what is usual -- the same old, same old -- to carry me through. I can phone it in. I am lost to the life that is all around me, lost to the surprises that are welcoming me into each moment. 

Things are different as I deal with what is not known, with the unfamiliar. When I am in unsual sorroundings I feel alive, I am aware of what is around me, of how I am in relation to the world as it comes. With koans we cozy up to the unfamiliar, to the unknown. We welcome the surprises. There is a koan that gets to the heart of this:  

Fayan comes to his teacher who asks him, Where are you going?
Out on pilgrimage. 
How is that for you?
I don't know.
Not knowing is most intimate. 
 
We will sit with this koan tomorrow, Wednes

 

 

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