The old woman grieving
tears or no tears?!
That’s the question:
wet or dry?
To jump into the water
you get wet.
To grieve you shed tears.
Immerse yourself in your life!
No holding back. That’s Zen!
Yet staying present in your experience.
Zen is not about experiencing dryness or stillness
but dryness or stillness within the experience.
Only the old woman would know—
plunging into the depth of grief.
Losing herself completely in the totality of lif
One day Master Zhaozhou was outside the monastery and an old woman came along carrying an empty basket. He asked her: “Where are you going?” We all run around with that empty basket wanting this, wanting that. Expecting demanding: food, knowledge, love etc.
Zhaozhou is asking, where are you going? A poignant question for all of us. She is desperate: If I can’t get it, I have to seal it. Life owes me something, even if I have to steal it…
Cheating the wife, cheating the gove