"The Mountain Stream", number 128 of 200 from Robert Aitken's book Miniatures of a Zen Master.
Today starts "Book IV". The mountain stream in this miniature refers to a comforting talisman the Roshi conjures up. How, why and even the specifics are unimportant.
Let's take this matter up intimately. I carry a snake in my spine. It sure enjoys when I give it attention and stretch it. Usually curled a bit. Loves straightening. During the day and on the zafu. I'm surprised just how intimate this is.
Miniatures of a Zen Master
is solely a reflection of my own delusion and ignorance.
Any merit generated by this activity is solely the result of
Aitken Roshi's clear teaching and is dedicated to
all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas throughout space and time.