My teacher (very confidently) tells me that nothing is coincidence. He sees everything as a single great unfolding.
And my reaction is usually to say “Huh?” with quite a bit of skepticism. Sometimes, however, the “coincidences” are just too frimmin’ to be coincidences. For example, Sunday I created the favicon for the site, with an enso as the design. (Enso is the Japanese word for the Zen symbol of emptiness, a hand-brushed circle.
Less than two days after I created the enso favicon for this site, I received an email from a reader in Salt Lake City, who sent me an %enso% of his own, which I’ve included above. Isness works in mysterious ways—it ain’t coincidence.
And tonight in the grocery store parking lot, a great bumper sticker:
That was Zen. This is Tao.