2016-06-30

Raven 4

Something Still Missing. Something's missing from the story. Something's still missing from your life. What is it?
Raven went to see Brown Bear Roshi.
Announcing herself, she stood and waited outside the den. Brown Bear eventually emerged and squatted silently on her haunches. Raven said, "I hear that Buddha Macaw looked up from the branch of her Jobo tree and saw the morning star and announced her realization. I get the feeling that something is missing from the story. I have been to see Jackrabbit Roshi, Prairie Dog Roshi, and Moose Roshi. When I asked them what happened when Buddha Macaw saw the morning star, Jackrabbit said, 'She realized the truth of mutually dependent arising.' Prairie Dog said, 'She realized the underlying fact of oneness.' Moose said, 'Delicious waterweed.' What do you say? What happened when she saw the star?"
Brown Bear made a strange sound, and Raven couldn't tell whether it was a chuckle or a growl. Finally the Roshi spoke. "Something's still missing," she said. Raven waited respectfully, but Brown Bear remained silent.
"Well, thought Raven, "Brown Bear Roshi seems to know about something. Maybe I should stick around for instruction." (adapted from Robert Aitken, Zen Master Raven)
Raven 3

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