In any case, I didn’t see it on the 3 shelves . . . but this book caught my attention or rather jumped out at me - Zen Master Raven by Robert Aitken. I’ve heard of Aitken Roshi, but I’m not really familiar with him. I’ve probably read some of his writings (a translation of a koan here and there) and I’m familiar with a few of his students who are now teachers, but I don’t really know much about him - except that he was an important Zen teacher during Zen’s early introduction to America. I expected something serious.
Instead I found this delightful book, Zen Master Raven. I opened it in the store a read the first few pages standing in the aisle - and decided I would buy it. I read more last evening and I’m glad I bought it. It is a collection of very short ‘fables’ with deep insight.
Here is one:
Relaxing with the others after zazen one evening, Owl asked, “What is the spirit of the practice?”
Raven said, “Inquiry.”
Owl cocked his head and asked, “What do I inquire about?”
Raven said, “Good start.”