PZI Teacher Archives
Going to Wild Places (MK73)
People go to wild places to search for their true nature. When you do this, where is your true nature?
—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 73a (1st of Doushuai’s 3 Barriers)
Dharma Theme March 22, 2023
Dharma Theme: In the Wild – Mountain Koans & Poems
A Thousand Mountains (MK13), Be a Tiger in the Mountains, Changsha Wandering in the Mountains (BCR36), Dancing Mountains (MK5), Dongshan's Voice of the Cuckoo (MK52), Going to Wild Places (MK73), Silver Mountain and Iron Cliff (BCR 57), The Green Mountain Walks About (BS41), Tortoise Mountain Wakes Up (BCR22), Yunmen's East Mountain Walks on the Water (EV49)
Eventually you come to a place where you can’t go on and you can’t go back. You have arrived at the base of cliffs; you can’t scale them, you can’t get around them, and there’s no handy tunnel through them. It’s a daunting place—that’s the point of it. And when you arrive here your life and your journey can become your own.