“I am Qingshui, solitary and destitute. Please give me alms.”
Xaoshan said, “Venerable Shui!”
Qinghsui said, “Yes, sir!”
Xaoshan said, “You have already drunk there cups of the finest wine in China, yet you say that you have not moistened your lips.”
– Gateless Gate, Case 10
Allison Atwill explores cases against life and love, the ways we block the universe’s gifts—and how we “abide somewhere” by clinging to lack. Or, we hang on to what we have like Deshan and his commentaries. We want to be included, “to feel beloved on earth.” Where is love in Zen? Included! Audio excerpt from The Ink Dark Moon. As recorded Feb. 14 2021, PZI Zen Online.