Featured Koan: One Strip of White Silk — Book of Serenity Case 96

"One strip of white silk" is an ancient saying that appears in various places, the most well known being Case 96 of the Book of Serenity.

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Donuts & Dragons: with David Parks

September 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $10

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A woman called Yu worked in town making donuts. She used go up to visit the local Zen master and asked him lots of questions. He gave her the koan, “The true person has no rank.”

One day a beggar outside her shop was singing “If you haven’t heard the song, how can you find your way to the lake?” When she heard this, her heart and mind opened. She laughed and she woke up; she understood. Then she threw her donut pan onto the ground.

Her husband asked, “Have you gone crazy?” She just answered, “This isn’t in your territory,” and ran up the hill to see her teacher, who, even from a distance, could tell that something had happened.

Her teacher asked, “Who is this true person of no rank?” Yu immediately said, “There’s a woman of no rank with six arms and three heads, working furiously, smashing Flower Mountain in two with one blow. Her strength is like the ever-flowing water, which doesn’t care about the coming of spring.”

She went on to become a great Zen Master.

—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 75

At PZI, when we sit down together in dokusan, we leave the realm of right or wrong answers, of needing to impress. Instead we leave ourselves open to what is real, what is here; a field so vast that there are no hand holds, no shelves upon which to put our experiences. Together we come to trust the inconceivable. So meeting in the room, whether IRL or virtual, we journey into the vastness, where anything can and will happen. Just stepping into one another’s presence is a gesture of willingness for what is here in this moment, a trust in life rising and calling.

Join us Thursday for koan meditation, dharma talk and conversation. Register to participate. All are welcome.

—David Parks


September 16
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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David Parks Roshi