Jan 5 – Jan 11

January 9th, 2014
Try to be reasonable in the way you grow, and don’t ever think it’s too late. It is never too late. Even if you are going to die tomorrow, keep yourself straight and clear and be a happy human being today. If you keep your situation happy day by day, you will eventually reach the greatest happiness of enlightenment.
 
-Lama Thubten Yeshe, The Bliss of Inner Fire

Practice Meetings

Thursday Jan 9, 8:30am

Friday Jan, 10 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #76

Danxia Possesses Eyes

Danxia asked a monk, “From what place have you come?”

The monk said, “I come from down the mountain.”

Xia said, “Have you finished eating the cooked rice or not?”

The monk said, “I’ve finished eating the cooked rice.”

Xia said, “Did the person at the bottom who came with the cooked rice to give to you to eat also possess eyes?”

The monk was speechless.

Changqing asked Baofu, “As the person, who gives the cooked rice to eat, announces the benevolence of having a share, how does [that one] not possess eyes?”

Fu said, “The one who gives and the one who receives are both two blind fellows.”

Changqing said “Having come to use up all their opportunities, they still become blind don’t they?”

Fu said, “Are you saying we’re getting blind?”

Xuedou’s ode says:

Using up the opportunities is not becoming blind.
By laying a hand on the ox’s head to eat the grass,
All of the 28 and the six founding masters,
Came to uphold the precious vessel and complete fording across errors.
Fording across the depths of errors,
There is no place to seek.
Heaven (Devas) above and people are in the same in between space sinking on the shore.          
A workshop.
A wink.

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