Thursday Jan 30, 8:30am
Friday Jan 31, 7:00pm
This Week’s Koan
Book of Serenity #86
Rinzai asked Ôbaku, “What is the great meaning of the Buddha-Dharma?”
Ôbaku hit him. This happened three times.
Rinzai then took his leave and went to see Daigu. Daigu asked,
“Where have you come from?” Rinzai said, “From Ôbaku.”
Daigu said, “What did Ôbaku have to say?” Rinzai said, “I asked him three times, ‘What is the great meaning of the
Buddha-Dharma?’ and I got his stick three times. I don’t know if I was in error or not.”
Daigu said, “Ôbaku was overly gentle like an old grandmother; he completely exhausted himself for your sake. Yet you come here and ask if you were in error or not!”
With these words, Rinzai came to great enlightenment.