The koan stories recall the words between teachers and students, but a person is missing.
That person is the relational space between the teacher and the student.
We could call this space the true, momentary teacher
It’s not that this third person simply exists in the gap between the teacher and student, but rather that both teacher and student exist within this third person; this relational, alive space
Similarly we are not eleven people each pursuing our personal practice; there is a 12th person here.
The space between us. The space which contains us, which lifts us up into being
When people talk of the Dharmakaya, the Universal Buddha-body, they don’t mean something conceptual, they mean just this –