Bottle #114, San Francisco Zen Center, California

My worldly karma Not yet used up-- no hammer striking emptiness.

I live and work at SF Zen Center where I found your bottle on our notice board. The enso caught my attention. What a magical thing to do!

Drifting on a lotus leaf, resting in loving awareness -- Zazen mind.

Then I find a poem from Lew Welch on your home page. I'm the administrator for his page on Facebook and a big fan. It's also coming for the anniversary of the day he walked into the woods and was never found again (May 23).

The message in a bottle also reminds me of my other favourite poet, Paul Celan. Here's his wonderful quote:

A poem, as a manifestation of language and thus essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the—not always greatly hopeful—belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense too are under way: they are making toward something.

I'd love to know more about your work, and perhaps get involved. I'm also a poet - currently writing mainly haiku.​

The path is long, and my hair white-- I must make the Wise One my teacher.


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