Koan: Stop the ringing of the distant temple bell.
This Kōan was presented to me by David during our first Saturday morning conversation. It was a gift that I’m still unwrapping. My experience of the Kōan felt quiet and subtle. The temple bell became my familiar narrative of “not good enough, not smart enough, less than…” This has been the temple where I worshipped for too many years. But now something inside was in motion.
Without explanation or understanding, I took notice. I stopped believing in my thoughts as my truth. I greeted them, I smiled at them, I thanked them for sharing. I let go of that god and that temple. Later, I welcomed this process as acceptance and surrender. The need to think my way to understanding, to poke holes in the arguments and beliefs of others, to “figure it all out,”