Jul 7 – 13

Happy is the one who knows samsara and nirvana are not two.
–Milarepa, Drinking The Mountain Stream

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Jul 9, 8:30am

Friday Jul 12, 7:00pm

This Week’s Reading

Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path White Clouds, Chapter 51, “The Treasure of Insight”.

This Week’s Koan

Gateless Gate #40

Kicking Over the Water Jug

When Isan Oshõ was with Hyakujõ, he was tenzo [head cook] of the monastery.

Hyakujõ wanted to choose a master for Mount Tai-i, so he called together all the monks and told them that anyone who could answer his question in an outstanding manner would be chosen.

Then he took a water bottle and stood it on the floor, and said, “You may not call this a water bottle. What do you call it?”

The head monk said, “It cannot be called a stump.”

Isan tipped over the water bottle with his feet and went out.

Hyakujõ laughed and said, “The head monk loses.”

Isan was named as the founder of the new monastery.

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