Why Can't a Clear-eyed Person Cut the Red Thread? (MK30c)

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

Audio April 4, 2022

Zen Luminaries: Following the Red Thread – Hosho Peter Coyote’s Poetry, Life & Teaching

Jon Joseph

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.

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