There is a rhythm in life that we sometimes hear face-to-face—but often it is like a melody playing somewhere and we can’t make it out. Our secret fidelity to what is most important allows us to hear it.
Koans and the dream world: Secret harmonies are on our side whether we think they are there or not, and whether we look for them or not.
A dreamlike koan, The Great Koan NO (Zhaozhou.) It gets us down to a deeper place than our opinions about things.
Does a dog have Buddha nature or not? No!
Koans interweave with out lives. When we surrender, everything reveals itself. You and the koan change places, and the koan carries you. The dream of the tribespeople weaving the universe—they don’t know what they’re doing, they just weave. The universe is weaving through them. The vast world of “Nooooooo…” where we come from and where we go back to.
Soen Nakagawa: Came out of the dream, [then] I dreamed my life, going on to the next dream.
The dreaminess of life does not diminish it.
There is a rhythm in life that we sometimes hear face-to-face—but often it is like a melody playing somewhere and we can’t make it out, is it in the trees or the voice of an old friend by the river? The melody becomes clearer as we go along the path, we hear it more and more clearly and sweetly; gates that were closed swing open, even the small birds and the sounds of traffic are calling us home.
Our secret fidelity to what is most important allows us to hear it.