Monthly Archives: July 2015

Jul 26 – Aug 1

“It’s only the ego that wants to surrender the ego; the real meaning of surrender does not involve anything external. It means to surrender to your true nature.” 

-Enza Vita

Practice Meetings

Friday July 31, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #59
“Deadly Snake”

A monk asked Seirin, “How is it when a practitioner goes along a narrow path?” 

Seirin said, “You will meet a deadly snake on the great road. I advise you not to run into it.” 

The monk said, “What if I do run into it?” 

Seirin said, “You will lose your life.” 

The monk said, “What if I don’t run into it?” 

Seirin said, “You have no place to escape from it.” 

The monk said, “Precisely at such a time, what then?” 

Seirin said, “It is lost.” 

The monk said, “I wonder where it is gone.” 

Seirin said, “The grass is so deep, there is no place to look for it.” 

The monk said, “You too, Master, must be watchful in order to get it.” 

Seirin clapped his hands and said, “This fellow is equally poisonous.”

July 19 – 25

“Everything you experience is a blessing and pushes you toward realizing your true self.”

-Vivian Amis

Practice Meetings

Friday July 24, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #73
“Sozan Fulfilling Piety”

A monk asked Sôzan, “When one leaves off his mourning clothes, how about that?”

Sôzan said, “Sôzan today has fulfilled filial piety.”

The monk said, “How about after you have fulfilled piety?”

Sôzan said, “Sôzan loves to get drunk.” 

July 12 – 18

“I was wedded to all the stars of the sky.There was not a single star left, and I married every one of them with great spiritual pleasure. Then I married the moon.” 

-Ibn Arabi

Practice Meetings

Friday July 17, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Book of Serenity #52
“Dharma Body”

Sôzan asked Elder Toku, “‘The true Dharma-body of Buddha is like the empty sky. It manifests its form corresponding to things — just like the moon on the water.’  How do you explain the principle of this corresponding?” 

 Toku said, “It is like a donkey looking into a well.” 

 Sôzan said, “You put it in a nice way, but you were able to say only eighty percent.” 

 Toku said, “How about you, Master?” Sôzan said, “It is like a well looking at a donkey.”

July 5 – 11

“Does one really have to fret
About enlightenment?
No matter what road I travel,
I’m going home.”
― Shinsho

Practice Meetings

Friday July 10, 7:00pm

This Week’s Koan

Gateless Gate #10
“Poor Seizei”

Seizei said to Sõzan, “Seizei is utterly destitude.

Will you give him support?”

Sõzan called out, “Seizei!”

Seizei responded, “Yes, sir!”

Sõzan said, “You have finished three cups of the finest wine in China, and still you say you have not yet moistened your lips!”