Does it matter? Koans speak to this, addressing us in a language beyond words… a language that is utterly selfless and that points directly to who we really are.Valerie Forstman
Valerie Forstman reflects on a Q&A session she recently hosted with the Sanbo Zen sangha in Gainesville, FL, in which many of the questions pertained to suffering. Koans speak to this suffering by highlighting things, what they are, and by extension – what we are. Turning back to Henry’s Introduction to Koans last week, Valerie returns to case 98 of the Book of Equanimity, Tozan’s Most Intimate. Rather than taking up one thing, this koan points to each thing just as it is and directs us towards the fundamental reality of all.