Master Ma's Wild Duck (BCR53)

KOAN:

Once Great Ancestor Ma and Baizhang were taking a walk when a wild duck flew by.
“What’s that?” asked Master Ma.
“A wild duck,” said Baizhang.
“Where did it go?”
“It flew away.“
The Great Ancestor twisted Baizhang’s nose, and Baizhang cried out in pain.
“When did it fly away?“ asked the Great Ancestor.

– Blue Cliff Record, Case 53

Audio December 14, 2020

The Journey Into Awakening – The Most Marvelous Thing

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: The Journey into Awakening – “What is the most marvelous thing—a matter of special worth?” a student asks Baizhang. “Sitting alone on Mt. Courage peak,” he answers. Our internal vastness is always there. The importance of an imaginative response to any time of change. The wisdom of an indigenous storyteller who embodies a much longer timeline of radical earth changes. The freedom of not being you. Dec 13 2020. (Music posted separately.)

55' 25"