Not knowing is central to Zen practice. When Fayan and his companions were on pilgrimage, they ran into a snowstorm and took shelter at the temple of Dizang. Dizang asked him why he was wandering around on pilgrimage (a question that pilgrims frequently encounter) and Fayan replied, “I don’t know.” This story is from the Book of Serenity, Case 20, Dizang’s Most Intimate. Allan Marett, roshi explores not knowing, intimacy and how the spirit of pilgrimage can enhance our practice.
This talk was given on Day 4 of the Transmission sesshin in July 2018