Sunday, August 1, 2021

August/September -- It's Dark Outside -- Steps 8 and 9


Greetings My Friends:

A little more than one-third of summer has passed. Hope you are well. Now we get down to making amends...

Step 8:  Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. 

Step 9:  Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 

Koan: Te-shan visited Lung-t’an and questioned him sincerely far into the night.  It grew late and Lung-t’an said, ”Why don’t you retire?” Te-shan made his bows and lifted the blinds to withdraw, but was met by darkness.  Turning back he said, “It is dark outside.”

Lung-t’an lit a paper candle and handed it to Te-shan.  Te-shan was about to take it when Lung-t’an blew it out.  At this, Te-shan had sudden realization and made bows.


Case 28 The Gateless Barrier by Robert Aitken

Bill K.