In this talk, during our 2018-19 winter retreat, Shinryu Sensei says “welcome home” to those attending the retreat and sees coming home itself as a way of expressing our practice. He then states his admiration for the poems of Ryokan and reads a few, interspersed with a few poems of his own. Shinryu then gives us examples of thusness, spaciousness, interconnection and feeling that permeate Ryotan’s poetry and life. Shinryu asks, can we open up our practice to all of this life? Can we open up our experience right now as the jewel? Recorded December 30th, 2018.