How does just-sitting nourish the positive samadhi of activity? How to step off the 100-foot pole of cessation into everywhere, everyone? Ryoun Roshi says “the dewdrop world must be forgotten – but we can’t forget it, only deepen.” There is nowhere else.
Hekiganroku Case 36, Chosa Goes for a Walk, speaks generously to such subtle relations, and of the beauty and thoroughgoing activity of this all-too-human, all-too-creaturely world. Spring mountains, personal tragedy, an absorbing sadness: could each be a face of the untrammeled world, nothing alien, our native ground?