"Uncle Max", number 158 of 188 from Robert Aitken's book Miniatures of a Zen Master.
This miniature is not about Uncle Max but is really a node to Aitken's love of his Aunt Margaret. She was the foundation on which Uncle Max depended. They share a simple life and in the end is sounds as though they both were bodhisattvas, one supporting the other.
This "just being herself" is the highest embodiment of love.
"I just think I'm myself" (5:00 minute mark).
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