Monthly Archives: December 2014

Dec 28 – Jan 3

“Who is there?” asks God. “It is I.” “Go away,” God says… Later… “Who is there?” asks God. “It is Thou.” “Enter,” replies God.”

Charlotte Joko Beck

Practice Meetings

Friday Jan 2, 7:00pm


This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #26
“Kyôzan Points to Snow”

Kyôzan pointed to the snow lion and said, “Is there any that goes beyond this color?”

Unmon said, “I would have pushed it over for him at once.”

Setchô said, “He only knows how to push it over, but he doesn’t know how to help it up.”

Dec 21 – 27

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”

Matthew 7:12

Practice Meetings

Friday Dec 26, 7:00pm


This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #68
“What’s Your Name?”

Yangshan asked Sansheng, “What is your name?”

Sheng said, “Huiji.”

Yangshan said, “Huiji is me.”

Sheng said, “My name is Huiran.”

Yangshan gufawed great laughter.

Dec 14 – 20

“When we refuse to work with our disappointment, we break the Precepts: rather than experience the disappointment, we resort to anger, greed, gossip, criticism. Yet it’s the moment of being that disappointment which is fruitful; and, if we are not willing to do that, at least we should notice that we are not willing. The moment of disappointment in life is an incomparable gift that we receive many times a day if we’re alert. This gift is always present in anyone’s life, that moment when ‘It’s not the way I want it!”
-Charlotte Joko Beck
Practice Meetings

Friday Dec 20, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #34
“You Have Not Visited Mount Lu”

Yangshan asked a monk, “What place did you come from recently?”

The monk said, “Mt.  Lu.”

Yangshan said, “At that time did you roam on the Five Elders Peak [at Mt. Lu]?”

The monk said, “At that time I didn’t go there.”

Yangshan said, “At that time the Preceptor did not hike on the mountain.”

[Later,] Yunmen said, “As these words were all for the cause of compassion, they have fallen into chatting in the grass.”

Dec 7 – 13

Our practice is not to clear up the mystery. It is to make the mystery clear.
Robert Aitken
Practice Meetings

Friday Dec 12, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #90, Gateless Gate #25
“Kyõzan’s Dream”

In a dream Kyõzan Oshõ went to Maitreya’s place and was led in to sit in the third seat.

A senior monk struck with a gavel and said, “Today the one in the third seat will speak.”

Kyõzan rose and, striking with the gavel, said, “The truth of Mahayana is beyond the four propositions and transcends the hundred negations.

Hear the truth!

Nov 30 – Dec 6

The first morsel is to cut all delusions.
The second morsel is to maintain our clear mind.
The third morsel is to save all sentient beings.
May we awaken together with all beings.
Practice Meetings

Friday Dec 5, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Blue Cliff Record #29
“Gone with the Other”

A monk asked Dasui, “In the void of the Aeon Fire, most certainly the great many thousands are altogether destroyed, but I have not yet discerned if this one is destroyed or not destroyed?”

Dasui said, “Destroyed.”

The monk said, “In this way then, it follows the other is gone too.”

Dasui said, “It follows the other is gone.”


In the center of the light of the fire kalpa is the cause of setting up a question.
The patch-robed monk is as if blocked by two difficult checkpoints.
One may sympathize with the words of the one phrase “it follows the other…”
Discriminations and discriminations for 10,000 miles — solitary, the going and returning.