What Is It? (BCR51)

KOAN:

When Xuefeng was living in a hut, there were two monks who came to pay their respects. Seeing them coming, Xuefeng pushed open the door of the hut with his hand, popped out, and said, “What is it?”

A monk also said, “What is it?” Xuefeng lowered his head and went back inside the hut.

Later, Yentou said, “If you want to know the last word, just this is it.”

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 51

Audio July 15, 2021

Yuanwu & the Great Masters of the Blue Cliff

John Tarrant

Second evening talk of Summer Sesshin 2021: John Tarrant introduces the great master of the Blue Cliff and the great questions and koans of his awakening.

57' 57"