Tuesday Oct 30, 8:30am
Friday Nov 2, 7:00pm
This Week’s Reading
Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path While Cloud, Chapter 18, “The Morning Star Has Risen”.
This Week’s Koan
Book of Serenity #28: “Gokoku’s Three Disgraces”
A monk asked Gokoku, “How about when a crane perches on a withered pine tree?”
Gokoku said, “It is a disgrace when seen from the ground.”
The monk asked, “What about when every drop of water is frozen at once?”
Gokoku said, “It’s a disgrace after the sun has risen.”
The monk asked, “At the time of the Esho Persecution , where did the good Guardian Deities  of the Dharma go?”
Gokoku said, “It is a disgrace for the two of them on both sides of the temple gate.”
: Buddhism was suppressed by order of Emperor Bu (about 840).
: Nio-figures representing the two Deva kings on each side of the main gate of a Buddhist temple. They are considered to be protectors of the Dharma.