A dear Seattle friend, Michael Schutzler, recently organized a business event. Although he was pleased with the outcome of the event, he noted that we have agency only over our efforts. Michael has practiced Zen steadily for more than two decades and his wisdom shines through every effort he makes.
During a visit to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, I came across this beautiful calligraphy of KATZ! by Inoue Yuichi (1916-1985). Although the artwork doesn't photograph well, you can still sense the energy of don't know rushing through the brushwork.
The Ancestral Teacher’s coming from the West only means that winter is cold and summer is hot, night is dark and day is light.
It’s just that we vainly set up meaning where there is no meaning, create concern where there is no concern, impose “inside” and “outside” where there is no inside or outside, and talk endlessly of this and that where nothing exists.