‘This question comes up again and again throughout Zen history, “What is it?” Please investigate this: “What is it?” “What is it you’re doing here?” I don’t ask you to look for the words for it. Words are secondary. I want you to find the feel of it. I want you to find the fire of it. I want you to touch the source of your life force, to feel the joy and the love that can come from living from the source of your being.’ (Seeds for a Boundless Life)
I love how inspiring Blanche is here; I can just hear her exhortatory voice proclaiming this in the Buddha Hall. ‘Words are secondary’ is always a good thing to remember.