Dec 9 – 15

December 9th, 2012

If we can reach the understanding of what we actually are, there is no better remedy for eliminating all suffering. This is the heart of all spiritual practices.

-Kalu Rinpoche, Luminous Mind

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Dec 11, 8:30am
Friday Dec 14, 7:00pm
(NOTE: On Fridays, you may wish to come one hour early and take Tai Chi with Dylan Klempner at 6pm.)

This Week’s Reading

Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path While Cloud, Chapter 23, “Dharma Nectar”.

This Week’s Koan

Gateless Gate #32, Blue Cliff Record #65: “A Philosopher asks Buddha”

A philosopher asked Buddha:

“Without words, without the wordless, will you you tell me truth?”

The Buddha kept silence. The philosopher bowed and thanked the Buddha, saying:

“With your loving kindness I have cleared away my delusions and entered the true path.”

After the philosopher had gone, Ananda asked the Buddha what he had attained. The Buddha replied,

“A good horse runs even at the shadow of the whip.”

Mumon’s comment:

   To tread the sharp edge of a sword
   To run on smooth-frozen ice,
   One needs no footsteps to follow.
   Walk over the cliffs with hands free.

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