Florence Caplow is a Unitarian Universalist minister, Soto Zen priest, former conservation biologist, activist, writer, and editor. She edited and contributed toWildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental and Place-Based writing, andThe Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Woman. Her essays can also be read online at Slipping Glimpser: Zen Wanderings and Wonderings.
By Florence Caplow, Dark Mountain Project
I want to tell you what I know about shikataganai. I learned it in an empty prison, a long way from anywhere, and understood it as I sat in meditation in a garden in the middle of that prison. I offer it to you as a gift, as it was offered to me.