For Jiun, Compassionate Cloud
They say to become a Master
takes ten thousand hours of practice.
But how long does it take to find
your original luminous mind?
Long hours of sitting in silence
may reveal the wisdom flower.
But the instant, the gift, of emptying
restores the heart’s true power.
A child lies down in soft grass
and finds the emptiness here.
The clouds now float inside him
and the sky of freedom comes near.
When your husband is a Buddhist prison chaplain . . . Late one night Mike is reading me the rough draft of a talk he will give at our local Zen Center. His topic this time is about emptiness, a particularly challenging and yet also fundamental concept in Zen Buddhism. “Tell me an experience you’ve had of emptiness.” And he shares about being a kid in the backyard, staring up at the clouds in the sky, and how a moment came when he was no longer thinking and no longer separate from anything at all, near or far. “Put that in the talk!” And he does. The next morning at the center we are all invited into that spacious moment, into that oneness, with him.