The email simply said, "Why do you meditate?" My initial response was, "Who wants to know and why?" His response, "I want to know because you are my father." Then I said, "May I ask why this question has come up?" "Sure, he said. I have been thinking about this for quite some time, for many reasons."
I won't get into all the details of my conversation of me trying to come up with a answer that would make sense to him. But it seems to me, it's not my answer that matters. What matters is his willingness to ask the question. And that question has become somewhat of a koan for me now. I want to give the appropriate answer to this very important question from my son.
This morning I was re-reading a portion from ON ZEN PRACTICE and ran across this statement by Roshi Aitken: