He wasn’t sure he wanted it, was fairly certain he did not, and in that moment,was certain he would get it, so he began developing elaborate plans on what to do with it when it arrived. He laid them out in painful detail, each step, each move carefully choreographed. He waited patiently, each minute washing into the next until it was hours, then days, then months. He reassessed his plans for it, fine tuned them daily. He grew older, until one day he could no longer remember what it was, and moments later it arrived, and there it sat unseen and unrecognized.
The wisest of men when asked at what time it is best to pursue the Way will answer: when a thousand stars have made their presence known. The wisest student will say: when cleaning myself by bathing in the mud. This will become clear to you when the frog consumes the dragon.
When the Buddha offered true wisdom, no one was present to hear it. Those who were not there understood it fully. Where will you look for true wisdom? Will your ears here what your mouth cannot say? Only with closed eyes will the light become clear.
A reflection on Case 36 of the Shobogenzo (Dogen’s True Dharma Eye).
You are certain the key is to sit, for that is what your teacher has told you, that is the practice set out for you. When you feel you have not attained your goal on the path, you assume it is because you have not sat still enough, long enough, deeply enough. A wise sage would tell you that sitting is a step along the path, but that you can never be still in sitting, for the place in which you sit in this moment cannot be the place in which you sat the last, or the place you will sit the next. So do not move and progress along the path spread out before you.
A reflection on Case 17 of the Hekiganroku (Blue Cliff Record)
If you are seeking the way do not consult a map and most certainly do not follow in the footsteps of the wisest person. Do not ever ask directions for it is only when you are utterly lost and have no idea which way to go, that your every step is a step along the Way.