An “at” symbol for our first letter in the alphabet. In our contemporary world, it’s used to locate; especially a location in the digital world. Seems appropriate for the beginning of the launch of a webpage.
“At” means “Here”; right here; exactly here.
Dogen Zenji, the Japanese founder of Soto Zen, in his Genjo Koan(“The Actualization of Reality”) writes:
Here is the place; here the way unfolds.
We begin where we are….and it’s is right here in the midst of our lives. Nowhere else. We may think of past or future but we physically are always here. It’s the literal or figurative acts of running from or turning away from what exactly is happening in each moment that causes us dukkha — dis-ease; suffering; dissatisfaction.
We can stop the running and the turning away. This is the first (and yet continual) step in practicing: to stop; to pause if a full stop isn’t possible yet. Stop/pause to investigate with curiosity and open interest in whatever is going on right here, right now.
“At” is to arrive. In the front entrance of my apartment I have a print of a Thich Nhat Hanh calligraphy which says:
I have arrived. I am home.
Welcome Home. @ this very place, your/our/the way unfolds.
A talk related to this theme:
SFZC Buddha Hall, Saturday, May 21, 2011