A new month, a new koan...This is what we're sitting with in October.
Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
KOAN: Blue Cliff Case 27: Yunmen’s Manifestation
A monk asked Yunmen, “When the tree withers and the leaves fall, what’s happening?”
Yunmen replied, “the golden wind is revealing itself.” [“autumn is manifesting itself”] 1
The golden wind is the reference to autumn in the old Chinese culture. It’s a sweet time really—this time of letting go, of returning, of waiting for the new to emerge. There’s a quality of being between times when the old is still visible and the new has not yet formed. There is a golden quality to this time—an intimacy.
1 Golden Wind is the name of the deity of autumn.