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August 4 Sunday Zen: With John Tarrant & Friends

August 8–11 Open Mind Retreat: With John Tarrant, Allison Atwill, & Tess Beasley

August 12 Zen Luminaries: Robert Hass in Conversation with Jon Joseph & Friends


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THURSDAY ZEN with David Parks: Mujaku and Her Bucket

June 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $10


Last week we sat with the young widow, Mujaku. Inconsolable at the age of 32, she becomes a nun and begins her practice with her teacher, asking, “What is Zen?” He responds, “The heart of the one who asks is Zen, you can’t get it from someone else’s words.” 

As they are talking, a deer calls out from a nearby stream. Mujaku perceives the intimacy of this call, sensing it deeply in her own heart. Later, as she is filling her bucket down by the same stream, a poem comes to her. 

The bucket catches the stream,
the pure moon through the pines
appears in the water.

When her teacher Bukko sees the poem, he gives it a glance and says, “Take the Heart Sutra and go.” Here is an invitation for Mujaku to deepen her practice in an exploration of the inner depths of her heart, to undertake the solitary pilgrimage through the Dragon’s Gate into reality’s vast sea. Traversing this path with Bukko, she is moved to write a second poem:

The bottom fell out of my bucket;
now there is no water and no moon.

This week we will continue our journey with Mujaku and Her Bucket.

Join us.

—David Parks

David Parks Roshi


COME JOIN US on Thursdays for koan meditation, dharma talk and conversation. All are welcome. Register to participate.

David Parks Roshi, Director of Bluegrass Zen


June 13
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $10
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