A different kind of “sit” (Source: YouTube)
So, chapters 4 and 5 are pretty much set.
Chapter 4 was pretty straightforward. Tell the story. Relive the story. Wonder at the story.
Turns out Chapter 5 is a heck of a lot more “Zen” than I expected. Turns out, what was really going on in my mind during that ride was not unlike what you experience while doing zazen — only this time on two wheels, going fast. In traffic. In France.
Should be interesting, to see what others have to say about it.
I can’t say I’m un-happy. Gives me something more to think about, as I finish up the week… and start thinking about the weekend.
Two or three old women came and asked him [Suzuki Shosan] about the essence of Buddhism.
The Master said: “I do not know anything that I can teach you.”
After a while he said suddenly: “You will die, you will die. Never forget the fact of dying…”
From : Death Was His Koan: The Samurai-Zen of Suzuki Shosan By Winston L. King (P.285)
It looks so harmless on a web page
… and in all honesty, that’s pretty much how I felt, one fine spring afternoon, on the back of a motorcycle flying down a highway near Paris.
What happened that day crystallized a whole lot that I’d observed about myself, doing business with the French, and the practical uses of Zen.
And the book is nearing completion . . . ready in early 2015. So stay tuned.