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a. Bodhidharma was last seen heading back to India, wearing one sandal. Why did he return to India?
b. Someone comes to you in a dream and asks you why Bodhidharma came from the West. If you don’t answer, you fail your responsibility. What will you say?
c. Bodhidharma’s relics are in front of the gate. Go get them and bring them here.
—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 43
What is the heart of any big question? We are swimming in a sea of uncertainty and the mind wants to fill in the blanks. Yet our questions are much smaller than what’s on offer, what’s possible as an answer—the whole universe might be doing something through me.
“No merit whatsoever!” Bodhidharma responds to Emperor Wu in Case 2, in the Book of Serenity. David follows Bodhidharma’s path, and the process of practice.