Step by step in the dark
If my foot’s not wet,
I found the stone
—The PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 72 (Soyen Shaku, or Santoka)
Summer is a time of dreams. Dreams, summertime, and koans have a lot in common. It is a time of permeability, to feel your way. Things that come out of the depths are what will get us through, but we can also have a strange resistance to them! The imagination is the bridge to the new. John shares Yangshan’s dream koan of being asked to teach from the third seat.