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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The Mystery of Empty Hands: with David Weinstein

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – $10

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Pick up the plow with empty hands.

—Farmer Fu, PZI Miscellanous Koans, Case 24a

This koan is the first of a triptych of koans attributed to Farmer Fu, otherwise known as Fu Dashi. I recently brought the other two parts of the triptych—about a flowing bridge and about walking while riding.

With empty hands I pick up the hoe.
As I walk, I ride the water buffalo.
As I cross the bridge, the bridge flows,
the water is still.

Then another koan, which has four parts, a quadriptych, fell into my empty hands. In response to the question “What does awakening look like?” Jiashan gave the images of an awl, a mirror, a willow seed and a butterfly. When that koan paid my empty hands a visit, Farmer Fu’s images came into focus as his descriptions of awakening. More mysterious than Jiashan’s, evoking the mystery that we become intimate with when we pick up our lives with empty hands.

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

—David

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Date:
September 22
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
Free – $10
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PZI Digital Temple

Organizer

David Weinstein Roshi
Email:
dweinstein@pacificzen.org
Website:
https://oaklandzen.org/