Posted inDharma, General News & Announcements, Koans, Valerie's Messages

Message from Valerie: To Know Oneself Completely

July 12, 2023

Watching the moon
at dawn,
solitary, mid-sky,
I knew myself completely:
no part left out.

~ Izumi Shikibu

It is not unusual to take up meditation practice out of a longing to know ourselves, to be more authentic, to see and be who we truly are.

What might that be? What is it to ‘know myself completely’? What if ‘no part left out’ means ALL – whole world included? Mustn’t it then also mean ONE – no border, no boundary, no possibility of separation.

There’s a line from an early Chan/Zen verse, Shodoka (“Song of Liberation”): “One is all, all is one.” Another rendering elaborates: “One nature pervades all natures. One thing holds all things.”

How can we discover this thoroughgoing oneness, intrinsic to who we are, our original nature or native ground? Koans offer a path.

Koans are pointers to the oneness world – empty of any border or hindrance, and they are expressions of that world. A path of practice and a kernel of awakening. Koans invite us to taste and see who we truly are, not with the discursive mind but by experience. 

Curious to explore? Join us for the online Wild World of Koans course at Mountain Cloud, July 23-August 6.

All are welcome! 

With gratitude and love,

Photo by Bryan Goff on Unsplash
Message from Valerie is from our July 11, 2023 Newsletter.

footer support banner image

Support Mountain Cloud

You can show your gratitude for Mountain Cloud events, retreats, podcasts and other teachings by making a one-time gift, or by becoming a supporting member.

Donate to Mountain Cloud Become a Member