On a visit to Dr Johnson’s House this weekend, I was flipping through the guestbook: a most rewarding exercise, for some schoolchildren had visited on an excursion and left a string of entertaining comments. This one is my favourite:
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
They say the only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Last year I climbed Fuji by night, timing the climb to reach the summit in time for sunrise. I brought with me no Zen at all, and I found none at the top – I found only a spectacular sunrise and unexpectedly, a ramen stall.
But who can say? – maybe Zen is steaming ramen when you’re hungry, and the pinkgold sky at dawn.