“Each of you is perfect the way you are … and you can use a little improvement.”
– Shunryu Suzuki
Tuesday Aug 7, 8:30am
Friday Aug 10, 7:00pm
This Week’s Reading
Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path While Cloud, Chapter 6.
This Week’s Koan
Book of Serenity #70: “Shinsan asks about Nature”
Master Shinsan asked Master Shuzan , “After you have clearly known the unborn nature of life, why are you still attached to life?”
Shuzan said, “The bamboo shoot necessarily becomes a bamboo. But is it possible to make a bamboo rope  already out of a bamboo shoot? ”
Shinsan said, “Later you will realize it yourself.”
Shuzan said, “My view is just as I said. What is your view?”
Shinsan said, “This is the temple steward’s quarters, and that is the cooks’ quarters.”
Shuzan made a deep bow.
: The two masters were Dharma brothers.
: A rope made out of thin bamboo tops.
: That is, I am still “a bamboo shoot”; you cannot make “a bamboo rope” out of me.