Monthly Archives: November 2013

Nov 17 – 23

Eventually we will find (mostly in retrospect, of course) that we can be very grateful to those people who have made life most difficult for us.
Ayya Khema, When the Iron Eagle Flies

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Nov 19, 8:30am

Friday Nov 22, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #69

Nansen’s Cats and Oxen

Nansen instructed the assembly and said:

“All the buddhas of the three worlds do not know that there is. Only the cats and oxen know that there is.”

Nov 10 – 16

A monk asked , “The mountains, the rivers, and the great earth — from where did all these things come forth?”
Tiantai said, “From where did this question come forth?”
Zen’s Chinese Heritage

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Nov 12, 8:30am

Friday Nov 15, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #69

Nanquan Draws a Circle

Nanquan, Guizong, and Magu together went to do customary respects to National Teacher Zhong.  Stopping half way, Nanquan drew the image of one circle on top of the dirt and said, “If you’re able to say then we’ll leave.”

Guizong sat in the middle of the circle image.  Magu then did the bow of a woman.

Quan said, “Is it like this?  The standard is not to leave!”

Guizong said, “What is going in your mind?”

Nov 3 – 9

The way the insubstantial sky appears
is that it may appear as anything.
The ceaseless insubstantial nature of mind
may also appear as anything.
Adept Godrakpa, Hermit of Go Cliffs

Practice Meetings

Tuesday Oct 5, 8:30am

Friday Nov 8, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #91, Blue Cliff Record #40

Nanquan’s “This Flower”

The high official Lu and Nanquan were talking and paused.

Lu said  “Dharma Master Zhao says, ‘Heaven, Earth, and I are the same root. The 10,000 things and I are one body.’  Ha, how strange.”

Nanquan pointed to a flower in front of the hall. He called to the high official and said, “Nowadays people see this single flower as if it looks like an appearance in a dream.”

Hearing, seeing, feeling, and knowing are not each separate.
Mountains and rivers cannot be observed in the middle of a mirror.
When the moon in the frosty heaven sets in the middle of the night,
Who shares the shining cold reflection in the clear and still deep pool?