this is love

One evening, after a Dharma talk at the Cambridge Zen Center, a student asked Sueng Sahn Soen-sa, “What is love?”

Soen-sa said, “I ask you: what is love?”

The student was silent.

Soen-sa said, “This is love.”

The student was still silent.

Soen-sa said, “You ask me: I ask you. This is love.”

from Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: the teachings of Zen master Seung Sahn compiled and edited by Stephen Mitchell

Every year I send out a little letter to those close to me thanking them for their support and care.  I’m always amazed by the ones who call or write back saying they were blown away by the idea that they are that special to me.

It’s so simple.

Thank you for always asking,


PS: the foam art is one of Frank’s new passions – creating visual koans in my chai latte.  Him, I don’t have to ask.