The Old Teacher

"The Old Teacher" number 56 of 200 from Robert Aitken's book Miniatures of a Zen Master.

Aitken Roshi prefers the title Robert Aitken. I prefer Aitken Roshi. It reminds me that while we both practice, I can trust his advice about my practice.

This reminds me of something I heard recently. In reference to the Buddha, don't seek what the Buddhas have, seek what they sought. Aitken Roshi's practice and realization is his practice and realization, mine is mine. I don't want his, I am responsible for being my own light.

Any error or confusion created by my commentary on 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.