Raven sat with Brown Bear at zazen early one morning, and afterward she asked, "Why don't we study turning points that are relevant for the forest today?"Verse
Brown Bear said, "Ask me a relevant question."
Raven asked, "Does the bear hunter have Buddha-nature?"
Brown Bear growled, "Mu."
"There you go," Raven said. "Mu is an old Asian word."
Brown Bear said, "That's the difficulty."
Cancer, maybe. Or heart disease, or a traffic accident, or "natural causes."
Something is coming for you, loaded for bear.
Bang! As old as it is new.
Bang! The turning point.
Case by Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonPREVIOUS ☙ NEXT ☙ INDEX