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...And I didn't have to put my fist through the wall which was also helpful for me and the wall. And so to somehow just to say yes to what comes up. To say yes is not to actually enact the anger or the sorrow, necessarily, but "ah yes, now anger, now sorrow, now that feeling of complete frustration.
So that is the kind of mind that allows us to just naturally meet
circumstances. When somebody slammed a door on Yun-men's foot and broke his leg so that he limped his whole life, at that moment he didn't get a lawyer, he got enlightened. And it was the better choice. And he got enlightened because he was already open and deeply sunk in his zazen, deeply sunk in the way of the Tao. So whatever visits you do not be too concerned whether it is hot or cold. You can appreciate it and love it for what it is--the darkness and the light. And sometimes you cannot find how to love it, then that is your koan at that moment. I cannot
find anyway that it is unassailable.
It's just like a cliff. But you know every cliff that you come to eventually will disappear. The cliff has been erected by your own mind. So your own mind can take it away.
Please settle into it doing nothing while the grass grows and the birds sing.
John Tarrant Roshi