“I have a function, it’s seen in the twinkling of an eye.” ~ Kyogen
“… we are not simply aware of the universe, we are the universe becoming aware of itself …”
Description: Having overheard a youth ask the question, Henry picks it up as a theme for this teisho: what people are people for? He explores Master Kyogen’s awakening, and the critical meetings with his teacher Isan, and elder dharma brother Kyozan, that followed. Henry shares stories about these three ancestors, and quotes from and explicates the poems Kyogen composed after his awakening. Kyogen’s function, once he released all notions of himself, is to help others wake up and join the ancestors. This is all there is to do. It turns out we are not simply aware of the universe, we are the universe becoming aware of itself.