Yunyan's Talking to a Rock

KOAN:

Yunyan asked a monk what he was doing.
“I’ve been talking to a rock.”
Yunyan said, “Did it nod to you? ”
When the monk didn’t reply, Yunyan said, “It nodded to you before you even said anything.”

—from the Record of Yunyan Tansheng

Audio July 10, 2020

Into the Blue Dragon’s Cave: Be a Tiger at Home in the Mountains

John Tarrant, Michelle Riddle

Summer Sesshin: Into the Cave of the Blue Dragon – Sesshin opening with John Tarrant & Michelle Riddle. John talks about meditation in sesshin. Stories: District Mistress Fan & Yuanwu, “so near at hand.” Tabor’s poem: So easy to think I am not enough. Xing Quin “One drop, just ink—2 drops, a dragon is born.” We are in community and discovering together. Yunmen’s Talking to a Rock. Alan Watts onLetting go, “Don’t prevent the world from falling apart.” Be a tiger at home in the mountains. Closing prayer: Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher, Jordan McConnell on guitar. The Four Vows. Jon Joseph Roshi’s evening words. As recorded Thursday June 25, 2020.

38' 16"