Dear 12 & Zen Friends:
With what's going on in my town, county, state, nation and the world -- I'm feeling exhausted these days.
I'm stretching things out a bit. Yes, we're
still sitting in our respective homes with this June koan, and for July, too.
Two Steps, two months, one koan.
Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Koan: A monk made a request of Joshu: “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.”
Joshu asked, “Have you eaten?”
The monk replied, “Yes, I have eaten.”
“Then,” said Joshu, “wash your bowls.” At that moment, the monk had an insight.
Please be kind to yourself and in service to others.