Bodhidharma Comes and Goes (MK43)

KOAN:

a. Bodhidharma was last seen heading back to India, wearing one sandal. Why did he return to India?
b. Someone comes to you in a dream and asks you why Bodhidharma came from the West. If you don’t answer, you fail your responsibility. What will you say?
c. Bodhidharma’s relics are in front of the gate. Go get them and bring them here.

– PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 43

Audio June 7, 2020

The Oak Tree in the Garden

David Parks

PZI Zen Online: “Why did Bodhidharma come from the West?” Answer: “The Oak Tree in the garden.” David reflects on the nature of the garden, and how life is everywhere—even is this odd time of extremes. Recorded June 4th, 2020.

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