Featured: The Blue Cliff Record, Case 36 - Changsha Wandering in the Mountains

Changsha went walking in the mountains one day.
When he returned to the temple gate someone asked, "Where have you been?"
Changsha said, "I have been wandering in the hills. I went out following the scented grass and came back chasing the falling blossoms."

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 36

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Returning to the Source: with Jon Joseph

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – $10

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Returning to the origin, coming back to the source, there is nothing to be done.
Perhaps it would have been better to have fallen down blind and deaf.
From inside the hermitage, he can’t see things on the outside.
The waters themselves are vast, the flowers themselves are crimson.

—Kuon Shihyuan, Ninth Verse, The Ten Ox-herding Pictures, 12th century poet
(Translated from Harada Sogaku, Lectures on the Ten Ox-herding Pictures, 1957)

In this ninth picture we have “rise and decline”—the birth and death of all things in the universe—all things in our lives are born, grow, and pass away. Everything is in movement and flux, being re-created moment by moment. And yet it is possible to witness this creation and destruction with a sense of ease and compassion, sometimes with great joy and sometimes with sadness. “Coming and going we are never astray,” writes Hakuin. It is the ease of “doing not a thing,” of “nothing to be done.” 

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

— Jon Joseph


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