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The Taste

Jan 18, 2023

A House Atop A Hill

A House Atop A Hill

Inn Along the Way/Chapman Farm

Damariscotta, ME

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Taste and see the LORD is good ...

*Psalm 34.8

As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.”

And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

*Gospel of Mark 14.22-23 (NLT)

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A student of the late Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971) recalled ...

At a celebration dinner following a wedding ceremony, we were sampling a variety of unusual delicacies. Suzuki Roshi picked up something exotic looking and took a big bite. While he was chewing, I asked, "What is that you're eating? I've never seen it before."

Without hesitation, he reached over, deposited the remaining portion in my mouth, and said, "It's delicious. Why don't you try it?" It was lotus root, and it was delicious.

*David Chadwick, Ed. Zen Is Right Now: More Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki.

We each can taste only for ourselves, as Suzuki Roshi could not give the taste to his student. If we taste, we know the taste: we see. It is all by invitation.

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*©Brian K. Wilcox, 2023.

*Use of photography is allowed accompanied by credit given to Brian K. Wilcox and title and place of photograph.

*Brian's book, An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love, can be ordered through major online booksellers or the publisher AuthorHouse.


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