Have you ever seen one of the Way?
I want to dance all over this line. How appropriate that this song begins with a question. This question sets up the whole song.
This makes me think of the old stories of the Zen Master who says “answer yes or no! If you answer yes I will give you thirty blows, if you answer no I will give you thirty blows.
At first look it might be like asking if you have ever met someone who is enlightened.
What a funny question, what a profound question. When we say the way it could be synonymous with Zen or Tao.
So just who is a person of the way?
What makes someone a person of the way?
When is someone a person of the way?
How would you know a person of the way?
Why is there a person of the way?
If we have some idealized vision of what a person of the way is we are on our way to suffer. *
You may say that there is one thing that makes a person of the way, and that one thing is everything, or nothing. Or everything including nothing. (Confused yet? You may want to look into the heart sutra [every day for a few years.])
A person of the way is a person of the way in the past present and future. I have actually seen this. You probably have too. **
You can know a person of the way by finding a mirror. ***
There is a person of the way because there can not be a person not of the way. It is there weather you want to believe in it or not.
*if I can learn from a child I will, if I can teach on oldster I will. Everyone (and everything along with nothing) is potentially both a student and a master, even if they don’t know it.
**when we reflect we see that everything that has been leads us to now.
*** There are a lot of mirrors. Teachers, students, the fat guy who hangs out on the corner, books, practice (Zazen for me), that thing you call you, and an actual mirror.
I welcome comments but I may integrate them into the commentary.
I know that you know all of this already.
I hope that my efforts are helpful in clearing my own delusion as well as that of others.