Our teachers reminded us in sesshin that we are still writing The Blue Cliff Record. How great it is to feel a part of that. It is no surprise that our meetings and encounters, wherever they occur, hold up a mirror to Yuanwu’s gathering. I want to thank all our ancestors and teachers for this generous, inclusive koan practice; not just bright but dark, not just dark but bright, always changing and allowing.
An audio recording of a conversation on The Wisdom Podcast featuring Zen teacher John Tarrant Roshi. He and host Daniel Aitken speak about one of John’s favorite topics: Zen koans.
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I’m writing to wish everyone well at this time. It’s spring in California. The days lengthen.
In summer the fires will be back. The Antarctic ice is melting.
Now the Corona Virus is here and most of us are confined to sheltering at home.
Just to give us a sense of sequence, I’m adding to this newsletter journal each month.
A record the season we are passing through, blossoms and plagues, such as a haiku poet would make.
These are the times we have and this is the beautiful life we have.
This is an issue inspired by sinking, filling, spilling over. And inspired, as always, by koans.
Due to fires affecting retreat centers, it is taking more time than usual to confirm and announce our Long Retreat schedule for 2018. We thank you for your patience. In the meantime, we are happy to announce our Open Mind retreat schedule for 2018.
John Tarrant talks about the usefulness of the koan tradition in helping sort through the uncertainty of life in these times.
In this 10-minute interview video, Rachel Boughton, Roshi talks about The Hobbit, Yogananda, and the gift of meditation.