It’s been a few days now, back from our 7-Day “Bare Bones” Sesshin (retreat). As usual, I came home with more than I left with. Besides sitting with my ongoing PZi curriculum koans, Teacher John Tarrant offered three other koans to be worked with as a triptych. I shall be using two of these here later on. It’s always a special feeling to have a koan reveal one of the Steps to me and even more fun to share this with others on our Friday evening discussions.
There’s always a table present with the donation box, various books for sale, notices, sign-up lists and free handouts. It was at this table where I noticed one of the other participants reading the handout I made for 12 & Zen. Since we are supposed to hold a quiet setting, I didn’t say anything at the time…and maybe he was just casually perusing.
Early in the retreat in the interview room, David told me that there was a person here who noticed the hand-out who seemed very interested in what we are offering... and this person might be getting in touch with me. It was not until the very last day, after the closing ceremony that we finally met. His enthusiasm for the 12 Steps was apparent. And the idea of mixing in koans with his practice brightened the smile on his face.