“If you love another person, you have to become a no-self, a nothing. When you love, you have to become a nobody. When you are a nobody, love happens. If you remain somebody, love never happens.
One becomes afraid of love, because love opens the inner emptiness.
Love is not an effort. If love is an effort, it is not love.
It is the same case with the ultimate experience, it happens when you do not make an effort. Then you can simply float with the river to the Ocean.”
-Swami Dhyan Giten
Friday Apr 10, 7:00pm
This Week’s Koan
Book of Serenity #68
“Kassan Brandishes the Sword”
A monk asked Kassan, “What if one sweeps away the dust and sees Buddha?”
Kassan said, “You must brandish your sword. If you do not brandish your sword, the fisherman dwells in a nest of reeds.”
The monk mentioned this to Sekisô and asked him, “What if one sweeps away the dust and sees Buddha?”
Sekisô said, “He has no country. Where can one meet him?”
The monk reported this to Kassan. Kassan ascended the rostrum and said, “As for the facilities in the garden, the old monk is superior to Sekisô, but for deep discourse expounding the true principle he is one hundred steps ahead of me.”