b. Freely I watch the tracks of the flying birds.
(My lazy gaze follows the tracks of the flying birds.)
—Pacific Zen Miscellaneous Koans, Case 23b
This is a capping phrase to Yunmen’s Good Day, The Blue Cliff Record, Case 6
What is the gift of the universe? We receive unexpected help when we are “living down a level,” living things before we construct them. Not constantly consulting your “me,” you open to the invitations and gifts that appear; trusting in the Dao.
PZI Zen Online Audio: Includes John’s intro and koan, a long meditation segment with Jordan McConnell on guitar. John gives the koan and other guidance throughout the meditation segment followed by a talk and comments. Closing bells, violin, & 4 vows with PZI Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher. As recorded March 29, 2020.