2016 Spring Sesshin – Gillian Coote, roshi – Step off the Pole

Teisho by Gillian Coote, roshi ‘Step from the Top of the Pole’
Mumonkuan #46/Book of Serenity #79:  
How do you live Hakuin Zenji’s ‘this very body, the Buddha’ when you step off the 100-foot pole and out into life, making your way into difficult places, amongst difficult people or when you snuggle up with your beloved, or ease yourself onto the zafu?  How do you practice, so that ‘this very body’ presents the love and peace and wisdom that Hakuin Zenji’s line promises, the awakened one who sees through the solitary paranoid self to be one with/as the many beings?