Zen koans often seem inscrutable. In this teisho, delivered to a group of nearly 40, during Rohatsu sesshin, Rev. Genjo Marinello Osho makes accessible Case 40 of the Gateless Gate - Kicking over the Pitcher, and allows us all insight into Zen method and practice.
Author, and the first Westerner to be ordained as Roshi, Phillip Kapleau wrote about the same koan, saying, "there is a natural flow and spontaneity, (about Zen activity). It arises intuitively, and those that are intensely sensitive can see beneath the action a strength and centeredness, a kind of lightness and aplomb that defies logic. Like a lid that perfectly fits on its box, the action fits the situation with nothing lacking and nothing in excess. And then it's over just as when Isan kicks over the pitcher...We may call it a pitcher but it is much more." The same can be said for Marinello’s seemingly effortless clarity on this subject. With clear command of the subject matter, humor and vivid imagery he carries us into an examination of the truth behind the facade of separateness. We are deftly taken beyond intellectual exercise. He exhorts us to realize "it is all just energy...(and) we are not separate individuals. We are mind become aware of itself and we are inseparable from all other matter in the universe," including the fabled pitcher.