“This relativity of mass, space and time is the first scientific indication that physical reality depends in some way upon the observer.
In reality, the vantage point from which we make an observation – a measurement – plays a role in the description of physical reality
for the very reason that space, as such, has no substantive reality.”
Evan Harris Walker
This passage written by a noted physicist shares a territory with our practice of realizing emptiness.
So, how do we live our life and practice day to day in this formless reality?
We free ourselves from the positions, beliefs and ideas that keep us from reality.
If space and time lack a substantive reality, how substantive are our thoughts, opinions, beliefs, positions?
So, the Lost Coin practitioner is a practitioner of reality.
She is not afraid to practice the way of truth.
From the Heart Sutra:
“No eye, ear, nose, body, mind…….no old age and death and no end to old age and death
no suffering, no cause of suffering, no extinguishing, no path, no wisdom and no gain”
Photo by Caryn Shudo Silberberg
The practitioner of the Way does not change into someone else.
She changes into herself.
She always travels in the right direction because there is nowhere to go.
Perfect and complete, there is nothing to know and no one to be.
Trusting herself , she always rides the horse the way it is going.
Because she is perfect as she is and there is nowhere to go – she rides with assurance .
“Although you understand that the nature of the wind is permanent,” the master replied,
“You do not understand the meaning of its reaching everywhere.”
“What is the meaning of its reaching everywhere?” asked the monk.
The master just fanned himself
The monk bowed with deep respect.
Genjokoan, Eihei Dogen