Yesterday a dear friend asked me to explain what practice meant to me. I did my best to articulate something, and spoke about how it sometimes felt possible to meet someone completely in one moment, and what a beneficial experience that can be for both. She told me that I should write all this in the blog, as that would also be beneficial. I knew, and I replied, that apart from being unable to recreate the words and phrases I had used, any description would necessarily miss the energy of that moment and that exchange with this particular person, which is what gave the words their vitality and meaning.
This morning I read in 'Arousing the Aspiration for Enlightenment', 'Hotsu Bodai Shin', "The scale of this moment can only be known by the Tathagatha". I also think of the phrase "only a buddha together with a buddha", which I also brought up in the conversation, and which I currently take to mean that the vital essence of practice is present only when two people are able to meet completely, although this reading certainly does not exhaust that phrase. I think this is hard to achieve in a blog posting, but I can say that I have experienced deep and lasting nourishment through my practice, and it is my intention to have that experience be of benefit to others, however I can manifest it.