When Zen master Fa-ch'an was dying, a squirrel screeched on the roof. It's "just this" he said, "and nothing more."
Challenge #6: Vulnerability in Practice
The practice makes us vulnerable. We are led to let the carapace of protection drop, and then what of our old protective habits of fear and retreat, anger and blame? The writers in this issue's JustThis speak of opening to people and feeling worthy enough to come out of hiding, responding to aggression and danger in new compassionate ways, fully experiencing change and loss, becoming malleable and receptive to whatever comes.