Roaming Zen

‘Buddhism makes mind its foundation and no-gate its gate. Now, how do you pass through this no-gate?’ – Mumon

‘As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.’ – Stephen Graham, quoted in Robert Macfarlane’s The Wild Places.

Somewhat unwittingly, the first three Roaming Zen outings of the fall season all include the shoreline. On the 11th, a group of us went from the exposed cliffs of Land’s End along secluded – but popular – trails at the edge of the city, and down to Mile Rock Beach, where you would hardly know you were within the city limits. There is a timeless quality to sitting by the water’s edge; this picture from Shalamah evokes the scene from the roam very nicely.

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This Saturday, the 24th, we will be further along the Golden Gate, taking in Aquatic Park and Russian Hill; a slightly more urban setting, but with just as many opportunities to find the door that is no-door. The weather is set clear for the week, so please join me if you can.
Here are some pictures from my reconnaissance walk the other day:

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I would be very impressed if anyone could identify this staircase.

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These two photos were taken from the same spot, one looking ahead, one turning to the left.

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I did not know that there was a street of that name. It is only half a block long, mind.

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