Monthly Archives: April 2014

Apr 20 – 26

What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale.
-Shunryu Suzuki

Practice Meetings

Thursday Apr 24, 8:30am

Friday Apr 25, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Gateless Gate #7, Book of Serenity #39
Wash Your Bowl

A monk said to Joshu, “I have just entered this monastery. Please teach me.”

“Have you eaten your rice porridge?” asked Joshu.

“Yes, I have,” replied the monk.

“Then you had better wash your bowl,” said Joshu.

With this, the monk gained insight.

Apr 13 – 19

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

-Lao Tzu

Practice Meetings

Thursday Apr 17, 8:30am

Friday Apr 18, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #18
Joshu’s Dog

A monk asked Joshu, “Does the dog have buddha-nature, or not?”

Joshu said, “It has”.

The monk said, “If it has it, why did it creep into that skin bag?”

Joshu said, “Because it does so knowingly.”

Another monk asked, “Does the dog have buddha-nature, or not?”

Joshu said, “Mu.” (No.)

The monk said, “All living beings have buddha-nature. Why doesn’t the dog have any?”

Joshu said, “Because it is in its karma-consciousness.”

Apr 30 – Mar 5

You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are …transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Practice Meetings

Thursday Apr 3, 8:30am

Friday Apr 4, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Gateless Gate #1
Joshu’s Dog

A monk earnestly asked Joshu: “Does even a dog have Buddha Nature?”

Joshu replied: “Mu!” (No!)