“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”
– Alan Watts
Friday June 5, 7:00pm
This Week’s Koan
Blue Cliff Record #85
A monk arrived at the place of the hermitage master of Paulownia (Empress Tree) Peak and immediately asked, “Here inside, if you suddenly run into a tiger, again how would you make it alive?”
The Hermitage Master immediately ROARED like a tiger.
The monk made gestures of fear.
The Hermitage Master burst out great laughter.
The monk said, “This old thief.”
The Hermitage Master said, “How this old monk endures contention.”
The monk gave up and left.