What if you could ask anything you wished and have a conversation about what you feel is meaningful ? What if you had a friend (or ten) you thought might find exploring "Self": interesting?
What if we try this on Tuesday Night March 16, 2021 at 7:00pm, on Zoom? Exploring ideas and suggestions, brainstorming, or thinking outside the "Outside." are intriguing, exotic, and even mystical forays--freedom as freeform. In many ways it reflects Buzz Lightyear's famous quote..."To Infinity and Beyond."
Slowly we come to realize as Kafka did, there is a gatekeeper that prevents this. Our gatekeeper is self-perception. We face this perception every moment. For example the perceived self says "I don't Know?" and the true self of no merit says "I don't Know." Hakuin uses these lines in Song of Zazen as such:
True Self is no-self, our own self is no-self, we go beyond ego and past clever words.
Then the gate to the oneness of cause-and-effect is thrown open.
Not two and not three, straight ahead runs the Way.
Our form now being no-form, in going and returning we never leave home.
Our thought now being no-thought, our dancing and songs are the Voice of the Dharma.
So, the question is how do we do this, how do we express openness to self, a friend. or ten? I suggest by doing the following: