he talks again and again about eternal life, about deathlessness and
birthlessness. his instructions to me repeat the same message over and
over, and i slowly begin to realise the enormity of his simple words.
again and again: "trust yourself". so simple, and often heard from all
the people around us but i have never heard them spoken like this,
pushing me to wonder in the face of "what exactly is 'trust'? what
exactly is 'myself'?"
"trust yourself, and make space for everything. cling to nothing, oppose nothing. and then just... (cut through)..."
(this last part semi-gestural and difficult to translate into the sparse, textureless wordiness of email.)
talking about his teacher, roshi-sama