James: On one of his last transmissions, instead of speaking, the Buddha held up a white flower. Many of the monks in attendance were smitten, and understood the metaphor. Only one, however, smiled. The Buddha called him forward and said, “Is there something you would like to share with the class?” Sure, the monk said. Everything. “Great,” the Buddha answered. “You’re in charge from now on. I need a nap.”
While it is important to know the causes and conditions necessary for our own flourishing, as it gives us joy, we recognize it as our one true home. For the sit, we are going to find the centre around which all falls away, and see if in its gushing, we can taste a true love.