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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Doing Nothing Is Really Something: with David Weinstein

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – $10

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One day Shitou came upon Yaoshan meditating, he asked Yaoshan, “What are you doing?”
Yaoshan said, “I am not doing anything.”
Shitou asked, “Why are you sitting here wasting time?”
Yaoshan replied, “If I was wasting time, that would be doing something.”
Shitou asked, “What is this ‘doing nothing’ that you talk about?”
Yaoshan replied, “Not even the ten thousand sages know.”

—from The Record of Yaoshan

I like this exchange between Shitou and Yaoshan, the way it highlights the difference between doing nothing and wasting time. Hongzhi’s image of cultivating an empty field comes to mind. Having an empty field is cultivating that field. Letting it lay fallow for a season or so will ultimately increase its productivity. The same is true of a meditation practice.

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

—David

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Date:
July 28
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
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PZI Digital Temple

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David Weinstein Roshi
Email:
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