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Message from Henry: Taste of Awakening

December 17, 2019

Every koan is about awakening….

That’s why we have to have tasted “awakening” to work with them.

The theory is that by studying how generations of old masters acted, in the koans, we gradually deepen our own awakening, until something happens that allows us to join them in their ongoing awakening.

What this something is, is sometimes called “great death,” which leads to a “rebirth.” It’s a different thing from kensho: kensho opens a door, offers a glimpse, but a glimpse is not enough to bring lasting peace of mind.

Message from Henry is from our December 16 Newsletter and was excerpted from Henry’s memoir,  One Blade of Grass.  Image: Storm-Human by Engin_Akyurt, Pixabay license
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