Monthly Archives: September 2014

Sept 21 – 27

“Therefore Ananda, live as an island unto yourself, with self as refuge, with no other refuge, the Dhamma as an island, the Dhamma as a refuge, with no other refuge.”
Practice Meetings

Thursday Sept 25, 8:30am

Friday Sept 26, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #83
“Dogo’s Nursing the Ill”

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

Dôgo said, “I come from nursing the ill.”

Isan said, “How many people are ill?”

Dôgo said, “There are some ill, and some not ill.”

Isan said, “The one who is not ill – isn’t that you, dear Chi?”

Dôgo said, “Ill or not ill – it has nothing to do with ‘that’ matter. Say it quickly! Say it quickly!” Isan said, “Even if I could say it, it would have no connection with that matter.”


Sept 14 – 20

“When something dies is the greatest teaching.”
―Shunryu Suzuku
Practice Meetings

Thursday Sept 18, 8:30am

Friday Sept 19, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #21
“Ungan Sweeps the Ground”

When Ungan was sweeping the ground, Dôgo said, “You are having a hard time!”

Ungan said, “You should know there is one who doesn’t have a hard time.”

Dôgo said, “If that’s true, you mean there is a second moon?”

Ungan held up his broom and said, “What number of moon is this?”

Dôgo was silent.

Gensha said, “That is precisely the second moon.”

Unmon said, “The servant greets the maid politely.”


Sept 7 – 13

“I owe my solitude to other people.” 
―Alan Watts
Practice Meetings

Thursday Sept 11, 8:30am

Friday Sept 12, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #54, Blue Cliff Record #89
“Ungan’s Great Mercy”

Ungan asked Dôgo, “What does the Bodhisattva of the Great Mercy use so many hands and eyes for?”

Dôgo answered, “It is like a person in the middle of the night reaching with his hand behind his head groping for his pillow.”

Ungan said, “I understood.”

Dôgo said, “How did you understand it?”

Ungan said, “The whole body is hands and eyes.”

Dôgo said, “You said it very well. But you expressed only eight-tenths of it.”

Ungan said, “How would you say it, Elder Brother?”

Dôgo said, “The entire body is hands and eyes.”