Advice of the Caterpillar

Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

Zen Center of New York City, 11/10/2019

“Who are you?” said the caterpillar to Alice. Using  Alice in Wonderland, Hojin Sensei teaches us that inquiry is one of the best means we can use to lessen our rigidity, the hardness of our conditioning, and turn it into curiosity. Practice invites us to step outside of the assumed reality, relaxing our fixed perceptions, even as we encounter the discomfort of change, so we can encounter the fluidity of life where “Even mountains are moving.” With inquiry we begin to see and know the non-separation at the ground of being, the interdependence of all life.

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