Infinitely Deep – Meditation Pants
I made these meditation pants for our meditation class so that when we lose our shit, fall into a hole, forget who we are or otherwise encounter pesky obstacles, we can remind ourselves of who we are.
They are part of the Pants of Empowerment project, which celebrates the richness and diversity of feminine experience. They were inspired by this koan.
Eshun’s Deep Thing
Japan – 14th Century
Eshun was a nun at the monastery of Saijoji. The abbot of Saijoji wanted to send a message to the abbot of the great temple of Engakuji, which was known for its rough treatment of outsiders. None of the monks from Saijoji dared to go, only Eshun was willing to volunteer. When the Engakuji monks saw her walk through the main gate, one of them rushed forward, raised his robes to expose himself, and said: “This monk’s thing is three feet long. How about it?”
Eshun calmly lifted her robes, spread her legs and said, “This nun’s this is infinitely deep.” She dropped her robes and continued down the corridor, unaccosted.
The translation is taken from The Hidden Lamp: Stories for 25 Centuries of Awakened Women edited by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon
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