Featured: PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 37 — Peach Blossoms

For thirty years I searched for a master swordsman.
How many times did the leaves fall, and the branches burst into bud?
But from the moment I saw the peach blossoms, I’ve had no doubts.

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Demons Ask to Be Ordinary: with Jon Joseph

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – $10

Register here for Monday Meditation & Talk with Jon Joseph Roshi

The Dharma is not two Dharmas; the Ox just points to our self. Rabbit and snare have different names, fish and net are not the same.
As gold is extracted from ore, so the moon emerges from clouds;
A trail of its icy light, even in the age of ancient Buddhas.

Astride her Ox, she has reached the hills of her home.
With the Ox is put aside, she is at ease.
As sun rises into the late morning, she sleeps and dreams.
Her whip and rope hang unneeded under the thatched-roof eves.

—Ku-on Shih-yuan, Ox Forgotten, Self Alone, seventh verse, The Ten Ox-herding Pictures, 12th century poet

(Translated from Harada Sogaku, Lectures on the Ten Ox-herding Pictures, 1957)

Thus far, we have sought, seen, captured, fed and ridden the Ox home. And now, in this seventh picture, titled Ox Forgotten, Self Alone, we let go of all ideas of awakening, which is what the Ox represents. We are free to rest with the great ease, alone in our hut in the hills. Nothing remains outside this ordinary life.

Perhaps the most important point about Ox Forgotten, Self Remains, is that it includes all circumstances and states of mind, including both angels and demons. The point is not to cultivate one state (angels) and banish the other state (demons), but to welcome their joint presence at the deepest level. Angels and demons are the ordinary Way.

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

— Jon Joseph


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