So, rather than thinking a predicament is something we’ve got to get rid of, it’s just life—and it has its own dynamism. Maybe we have to walk through it, not run the other way. It’s all right to weep about it, or be frustrated and angry. You can’t be someone else, you are who you are. The gateway is yours, not someone else’s.
John takes us further into our recent lockdown descent, into the Sea of Ilse, 10,000 feet down to the single stone there. it is a predicament koan that interrupts the usual ways of navigating. As recorded on Zen Online April 5th: includes meditation segments, John’s talk and koan, some closing music and teacher participants’ insights.