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Baling’s Blown-Hair Sword (MK74c)(BCR100)

KOAN:

What is the blown-hair sword?
Each branch of coral holds up the moon.

—PZI Miscellaneous Koans Case 74c & Blue Cliff Record Case 100 (PZI version)

Note: Third of Baling Haojian’s Three Barriers, PZI MK Case 74

See also: Baling’s Coral Moon, transl. by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland)

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Article November 15, 2017

The Power of Koan Practice

John Tarrant

Those who have used koans have described them as a poetic technology for bringing about awakening, a painful but effective gate into the consciousness of the Buddha, an easy method of integrating awakening into everyday life, the most frustrating thing they have ever done, an appalling waste of time, a tyranny perpetrated by Zen masters… Well, you get the idea — about koans, opinions differ. Article by John Tarrant published in Shambhala Sun magazine, May 1 2003.

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