This is my arrangement of a transcription of the conversation/dharma talk with Zen priest Sokuzan Bob Brown last Sunday at our local meditation group.
We live in a binary world of yin/yang, on/off, good/bad, light/dark, etc. You cannot have one of these without its opposite. There is no “up” without “down;” you can’t have “fronts” without “backs.” As long as you live you will live with light and shadow.
To these perennial questions, I offer some answers — not to close a conversation but to broaden one. I do not claim to know anything you don’t know, but if I can help you remember what you already do know, I am blessed.