Monthly Archives: August 2013

Aug 25 – 31

We should always remember that meditation is the cultivation and practice of nonattachment. The Buddha taught only the middle way, and mindfulness is nothing but the middle way. It is neither an intense practice, nor can it be done without effort. It must be done with balance. Properly done, it is neither detached pushing away nor egoistic clinging. Be very careful about sitting down with ideas like, “I am sitting, I am watching, I am breathing, I am meditating, I am this, that is mine. 
–Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Mindfulness with Breathing

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Aug 27, 8:30am

Friday Aug 30, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Gateless Gate #1

Joshu’s Dog

A monk asked Joshu, in all earnestness: “Does a dog have Buddha Nature?”

Joshu answered, “Mu. (No.)”

Special Note

The Sangha meeting for Aug. 30 will follow a different format. In lieu of tea, discussion and chanting, there will be three 25 minute sits interspersed with walking meditation.

Aug 18 – 24

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
–Thich Nhat Hanh

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Aug 20, 8:30am

Friday Aug 23, 7:00pm

This Week’s Reading

Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path White Clouds, Chapter 57, “The Raft is not the Shore”.

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #42

Layman Pang’s “Beautiful Snowflakes”

Layman Pang bid adieu to Yaoshan.  Shan ordered ten people who were Zen travelers to go together to the main gate to see him off.

The Layman pointed to the snow in the middle of the sky and said, “The excellent snow; flake by flake it does not fall at another spot.”

At that time there was Zen traveler Quan who asked, “At what spot does it fall?”

The gentleman hit once with a slap.

Quan said, “A Layman too cannot get careless.”

The gentleman said, “Like this you call yourself a Zen traveler. Lao-tzu has not liberated your dependence.”

Quan said, “Layman how do you make it alive?”

The gentleman again hit once with a slap and said,  “The eye sees like a blind person; the mouth speaks like a mute.”

Xuedou separately said, “At the first questioning point, yet grab a snowball then hit.”

Aug 11 – 17

Learning is like a design in water,
contemplation like a design on the side of the wall,
meditation like a design in stone.
–Adept Godrapka, Hermit of Go Cliffs

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Aug 13, 8:30am

Friday Aug 16, 7:00pm

This Week’s Reading

Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path White Clouds, Chapter 56, “Full Awareness of Breathing”.

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #91, Book of Serenity #25

Yanguan and the Rhinoceros Fan

One day, Enkan called to his attendant, “Bring me the rhinoceros fan.”

The attendant said, “It is broken.”

Enkan said, “If the fan is already broken, bring me the rhinoceros himself.”

The attendant gave no answer.

Shifuku drew a circle and wrote the ideograph “ox” in it.

Aug 4 – 10

Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay.
–Matthew Flickstein, Journey to the Center

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Aug 6, 8:30am

Friday Aug 9, 7:00pm

This Week’s Reading

Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path White Clouds, Chapter 55, “Appearance of the Morning Star”.

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #72

Yunyan’s “Do You Have Them or Not?”

Baizhang again asked Yunyan, “If side by side you withdraw throat and lips, how do you speak to make it alive?”

Yan said, “Does the Venerable have or not?”

Zhang said, “I have lost my children and grandchildren.”