Ayya Khema, Be An Island
Tuesday Feb 12, 8:30am
Friday Feb 15, 7:00pm
This Week’s Reading
Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path While Cloud, Chapter 30, “Bamboo Forest”.
This Week’s Koan
Gateless Gate #22: “Kashyapa’s Flagpole“
Ananda asked Kashyapa, “The World-honored One gave you the golden robe; did he give you anything else?”
“Ananda!” cried Kashyapa.
“Yes, sir!” answered Ananda.
“Knock down the flagpole at the gate,” said Kashyapa.
Mumon’s Comment:Tell me—question or answer—which was more intimate? Many have knit their brows over this; Elder brother calls, younger brother answers, and they betray the family secret. They had a special spring, not one of yin and yang.