The problem is one
of disequilibrium, for we
have grown tired of it
before it has grown
tired of us.
There is no agreement
to be reached,
no chance of
a detente, no
state of truce.
We will defeat it,
we have no
choice, but until
then the virus
will be our companion.
Both the great ape and the chimpanzee
say they have been horribly maligned
by Buddhist teachers of all people.
They point out that they have been
meditating since the Buddha sat
beneath the bodhi tree and was enlightened.
They are capable of deep thought,
are clearly as sentient as people,
they claim with some evidence in support.
Why is it, they ask, that we refer
to the unsettled state of the mind
when sitting in zazen as monkey mind
when it is plainly apparent to all,
human and simian that the obstacle
in zazen is actually a case of human mind.