Last night crossing the bridge at Jaurès, I see the half-moon brilliant over the Canal St. Martin.
As the light floods me in the cool dark, I am fathomless as the ocean, without border or breath. I’m smiling when companions introduce me to someone I’ve never seen before, but I know her already and all the others passing, too, and the cars and bikes and the elevated Métro rattling overhead.
I remember a Zen story in which a diligent student asked the master Gensha how to enter « the path of truth. »
Gensha asked him, « Do you hear the murmuring of the stream? »
« Yes, I do, » the student said.
« There is a way to enter, » Gensha replied.