A student said, “Master, I am reaching for the light—please help me!”
Yunmen replied, “Forget the light; give me the reaching!”
—Case 33 (Yunmen)
The desire for a more beautiful life is ancient and enduring. In medieval times it meant dressing in bright silks and having long and colorful processions; the desire was poured into objects, too, into paintings and cathedrals with stained glass windows. Inside the desire for a more beautiful life is the desire for a more beautiful character.