Enter Here (a story)
There is a Zen story about a disciple who, while walking along a mountain trail with his Master, asked, "How can I fully penetrate this great teaching?"
The Master stopped walking. "Do you hear the song of the sparrow?" He asked.
The disciple paused. He thought, "What Sparrow?" He listened. And there it was! The quiet "cheep-cheep" of not just one, but several sparrows. He realized: "I have been thinking so hard about the nature of things that I have forgotten to pay attention to what is right in front of me!" He listened some more. As he stood in silence, the minutes passed. With each passing minute new details emerged: behind the song of the sparrow was the wind in the trees, the sound of water cascading down a nearby creek, the hammering of a distant woodpecker. He felt the breeze caress his face. He breathed deeply, taking in a rich mixture of scents: cedar, the white flowers called "Everlasting," the aroma of sun-drenched earth.
The Master could see that his disciple understood. He lifted his staff and pounded it upon the trail. "Enter here," he said.
Where is the master? Gathering herbs, off on the mountain, hidden by clouds.
- Chia Tao
A Great Remembering
We are offering you this ancient invitation. the Infinite Wild is right here, right now. Enter with us.
The ancestors and masters of the ancient lineages of awakening found the teaching they needed in nature. They sat still in wild places in all seasons, and wandered among the animals and plants. They became intimately aware of their own fundamental nature, which is not separate from the world nature.
There is nothing missing, nothing to add. But we must develop our innate capacity to fully show up to each and every moment. This is what we directly experience in the Infinite Wild.