I awoke recently to discover I am 72 years old … which brought with it the universal question, “What the fuck happened??”.
And in retrospect I realize the amazing wealth of insight that has come my way by virtue of the oddest people. Specifically men I did time with in the joint. “Students of life,” as they would often label themselves. And, yes, you are right, one must be receptive, especially in regard to what is defined in the Zen tradition as a ‘heart-to-heart transmission.”
If you want to know how a common house cat can actually ensnare a red tail hawk in full flight, you have to ask someone who knows!! It’s a bit of very specialized information you wouldn’t think anyone carries around in their head. But they DO! You just gotta ask!