Featured Koan: Zhaozhou's Great Way Is Not Difficult - Blue Cliff Record Case 2

Xiangyan was once asked by a monastic, "What is the Way?"
Xiangyan said, "A dragon singing in a withered tree."
The monastic said, "What does it mean?"
Xiangyan said, "Eyeballs in a skull."
Later, another monastic asked Shishuang Chuyuan, "What is a dragon singing in a dead tree?"
Shishuang said, "It still has joy."

—Xuedou's verse commentary on Blue Cliff Record Case 2

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Slurpng the Dregs, Missing Today: with David Parks

July 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $10

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Huangbo said, “You’re all gulping down the brewers dregs. If you keep running around like this, where will you find today? Don’t you know yet that there isn’t a single Chan teacher in the whole country?”

A student stepped forward and asked, “But what about all those places where people are guiding students and leading communities?”

Huangbo said, “I didn’t say no Chan; it’s only a matter of no teachers.” 

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 11

Each thought is a springboard as thinking goes a-wanderin’. My most cherished thoughts, the ones I give time to, are the ones I pursue automatically without noticing—those thoughts and beliefs that invite me into the wilds of right and wrong, judging and fixing, better and best, always promising to make it better, to fill my lack. In this wandering, Huangbo might ask, “How will you meet today?”

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—David Parks


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