Sept 23 – 29

 To instantly realize is to see endless time.
Endless time is this very moment.
If one sees through the thought of this very moment,
At this very moment, one can see through the one who sees through.
– Mumon, Commentary on Tosotsu’s Three Barriers


Retreat! On 2012 Sep 27-30, Zen Teacher Valerie Forstman will be leading a retreat at the Gainesville Retreat Center. More info at the Retreats page.

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Sep 25, 8:30am
Friday Sep 28, 7:00pm

This Week’s Reading

Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path While Cloud, Chapter 13, “Beginning a Spiritual Practice”.

This Week’s Koan

Gateless Gate #47: “Tosotsu’s Three Barriers”

Master Tosotsu, setting up the three barriers, always tried the pursuer of the Way:

“To search for the Way, the Zen student tries to grasp one’s own nature and be enlightened. Now where is your true nature?”


“Once having grasped one’s own nature, one is free from birth and death. If then, one’s eyeballs have dropped dead, how can one be free from life?”


“Being free from birth and death, one instantly knows where to go after death, Being dead and the body dispersed into the four elements, where then does one go?”

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