Monthly Archives: February 2014

Feb 23 – Mar 1

To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

Practice Meetings

Thursday Feb 27, 8:30am

Friday Feb 28, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #15

Kyôzan’s Hoe

Isan asked Kyôzan, “Where have you come from?”

Kyôzan said, “From the rice field.”

Isan said, “How many people are there in the rice field?”

Kyôzan thrust his hoe into the ground and stood with his hands folded on his chest.

Isan said, “There are a great number of people cutting thatch on the South Mountain.”

Kyôzan took up his hoe and left immediately.

Feb 16 – 22

Body impermanent like spring mist;
mind insubstantial like empty sky;
thoughts unestablished like breezes in space.
Think about these three points over and over. 
-Adept Godrakpa, Hermit of Go Cliffs

Practice Meetings

Thursday Feb 20, 8:30am

Friday Feb 21, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Gateless Gate #1

Joshu’s Dog

A monk asked Joshu, in all earnestness:

“Does even a dog have buddha nature?”

Joshu answered:

“Mu!” (No!)


Feb 9 – 15

When I received the news of cancer, I understood. Oh, yes, what is required of me now is that I be fully present to each new experience as it comes and that I engage with it as completely as I can. I don’t mean that I said this to myself. Nothing so conscious as that. I mean that my whole being turned, and looked, and moved toward the experience.
-Sandy Boucher, Hidden Spring

Practice Meetings

Thursday Feb 13, 8:30am

Friday Feb 14, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #24, Book of Serenity #60

Tetsuma the Cow

Ryû Tetsuma came to Isan.

Isan said, “Old Cow, you have come!”

Tetsuma said,  “Tomorrow there will be a great feast at Mt. Tai. Will you go there, Master?”

Isan lay down and stretched himself out. Tetsuma left immediately.



Feb 2 – 8

Wisdom has three stages. The first one is knowledge acquired by hearing or reading. We reach the second stage when we make this knowledge our own by taking its guidelines to heart and trying to actualize them through thought, speech and action. As we do this more and more, our thoughts, words and deeds are purified, and the third and highest stage of wisdom arises. 
-Ayya Khema, Be an Island

Practice Meetings

Thursday Feb 6, 8:30am

Friday Feb 7, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #4

Deshan Carrying a Bundle

Deshan arrived at Guishan carrying under his arm his vestment bundle and went up into the Dharma Hall.  From the east he crossed to the west. From the west he crossed to the east.  He turned his head to look around and observe and said “Without, without.”  (alt.”Nothing, nothing” or “Not, not.”) Then he exited.

Deshan got to the main gate and turned back saying, “I should not get careless either.”

Then he prepared for a dignified ceremony and again entered to meet together.  Guishan sat.  Next Deshan lifted and unfolded his sitting paraphenalia (i.e., a sitting cloth or very thin mat) and said, “Venerable.”

Guishan intended to take up the whisk.  Deshan then shouted and shook (pun with whisk) his sleeves and then exited.

Deshan turned his back on the Dharma hall, put on his straw sandals, and then went on foot.  When evening arrived, Guishan asked the Head-Seat monk,   “The coming and going newcomer, where is he?”

The Head-Seat said, “At that time he turned his back and withdrew from the Dharma hall; wearing his straw sandals he exited and went away besides!”

Guishan said, “In that case, then, the son will afterwards be guided to ascend to the top of a solitary peak to tie and weave a grass hut where he will have leave to laugh at the Buddhas and revile the ancestors.”