Sept 15 – 21

September 16th, 2013
We’re all being reborn at every moment. Look upon each
morning as a rebirth and we may understand that only this
one day exists. What will happen next time is completely
dependent upon what we are doing now, therefore only “now” 
is important. “Now” is the cause; next life is the result.
 
–Ayya Khema, Being Nobody, Going Nowhere

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Sept 17, 8:30am

Friday Sept 20, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #72

Zhongyi’s “Monkey”

Yangshan asked Zhongyi, “What is the meaning of Buddha nature?” Zhongyi said, I’ll tell you a simile: it’s like putting a monkey in a room with six windows—when someone outside calls it, ‘Simian! Simian!’ the monkey then responds. In this way, when called through all six windows it responds.”

Yangshan said, “What about when the monkey is asleep?” Zhongyi got right down from his seat, grabbed and held Yangshan and said, “Simian, Simian, you and I see each other.”

Verse

Freezing sleep in a snowy room, the year about ended;
The recondite ivy gate does not open at night.
Groves and forests withered in the cold—look at the changing conditions:
The spring wind’s blowing stirs the ashes in the pipe.

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