Nothingness, Chuang Tzu said, had the night-colored pearl. Not Science, not Analysis, not Logic.
Nothingness had it.
They're not interested in Thomas Merton's "readings" of Chuang Tzu.
It is Yom Kippur.
A day to take note.
The Yellow Emperor said:
"Strange, indeed: Nothingness
Who was not sent
Who did no work to find it
Had the night-colored pearl!"
(-From, The Lost Pearl, p.74, in, The Way of Chuang Tzu, by Thomas Merton)
How find the lost in the obvious?
Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha'olam asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik neir shel (shabbat v'shel) you hakippurim.
After the candles are lit, the Shehecheyanu prayer is recited.
The evening service that begins Yom Kippur is commonly known as Kol Nidre, named for the prayer that begins the service. “Kol nidre” means “all vows,” and in this prayer, we ask G-d to annul all personal vows we may make in the next year. It refers only to vows between the person making them and G-d, such as “If I pass this test, I'll pray every day for the next 6 months!”
If I say "I'm sorry!" -- will that unlock the prison door?
The concluding service of Yom Kippur, known as Ne'ilah, is one unique to the day. It usually runs about 1 hour long. The ark (a cabinet where the scrolls of the Torah are kept) is kept open throughout this service, thus you must stand throughout the service.
There is a tone of desperation in the prayers of this service. The service is sometimes referred to as the closing of the gates; think of it as the “last chance” to get in a good word before the holiday ends. The service ends with a very long blast of the shofar. (Ibid)
Lock the door behind me.
There is nothing remaining to enclose.