Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nov 16 – 22

“When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything.”
– Shunryu Suzuki
Practice Meetings

Friday Nov 21, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #10
“Muzhou’s Empty Headed Fool”

Muzhou asked a monk, “Where did you come from?”

The monk then shouted.

Zhou said, “This old monk, because of you, has one shout.”

The monk again shouted.

Zhou said, “After three shouts and four shouts, how do you make it come alive?”

The monk was speechless.

Zhou then hit him and said, “This is the top fellow of robbing and deceiving.”

Nov 9 – 15

“Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink.”
– Shunryu Suzuki
Practice Meetings

Friday Nov 14, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #95
“Rinzai Draws a Line”

Rinzai asked the temple steward, “Where have you come from?”

The temple steward said, “From selling brown rice in the province.”

Rinzai said, “Did you sell all of it?”

The manager said, “Yes, I sold all of it.”

Rinzai drew a line with his staff and said, “Have you sold all of this too?”

The manager shouted, “Kaatz!” Rinzai immediately struck him.

Later, the cook came to Rinzai, who told him about this incident. The monk said,

“The steward didn’t understand Your Reverence’s intention.”

Rinzai said, “How about you?”

The monk made a deep bow. Rinzai struck him likewise.

Nov 2 – 8

Hey! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to
Hey! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you
―Bob Dylan
Practice Meetings

Friday Oct 7, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #38
“Rinzai’s Person of No Rank”

Rinzai instructed his assembly and said, “There is one true person of no rank, always coming out and going in through the gates of your face. Beginners who have not yet witnessed that, look! look!”

Then a monk came out and asked, “What is the one true person of no rank?”

Rinzai descended from the rostrum and grabbed him. The monk hesitated.

Rinzai pushed him away and said, “The true person of no rank — what a shit-stick you are!”