KOAN: Songyuan Chongyue’s Three Turning Words:
a. Why can’t the person of great strength lift up her leg?
b. Say something without moving your lips or tongue.
c. Why can’t a clear-eyed person cut the red thread?
—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 30
A great meandering conversation bookended with Hosho Peter’s poems and reminiscences: It was in the late 1960s when Peter first met poet Gary Snyder, a meeting that forever changed his life. Emulating Snyder, he began a regular Zen meditation practice, later joining the San Francisco Zen Center. A conversation with Jon Joseph. March 28th, 2022.