Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jun 22 – 28

“Enjoy your problems.” 
-Shunryu Suzuki

Practice Meetings

Thursday June 26, 8:30am

Friday June 27, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #45
Joshu’s Cotton Jacket

A monk asked Joshu: “The 10,000 things return (as their origin point) to the one. To what place does the one return?”

Joshu said, “I was at Qing Province and made one piece of clothing: a cotton jacket weighing 7 pounds.”

Jun 15 – 21

“The highest truth is daiji, translated as dai jiki in Chinese scriptures. This is the subject of the question the emperor asked Bodhidharma: “What is the First Principle?” Bodhidharma said, “I don’t know.” “I don’t know” is the First Principle.” 
-Shunryu Suzuki

Practice Meetings

Thursday June 19, 8:30am

Friday June 20, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #41, Book of Serenity #63
Joshu’s Great Death

Joshu asked Touzi, “So, what about the time when the person of great death returns to the living?”

Touzi said, “It is not permitted to go traveling by night; the light must be cast to arrive.”

In the middle of life there is an eye; turning back is the same as death.
Why must the jealous physician do an exam of the family?
The esteemed words of the ancient Buddha did not arrive together.
One doesn’t know who is let loose to scatter dust and sand.