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Zhaozhou's Beating Heart


Yuanwu said, “If you can get to where you touch reality, you’ll see Zhaozhou’s naked beating heart in its entirety.”

Text November 23, 2022

A Blue Cliff Record Journey of Not Picking & Choosing

John Tarrant

It’s kind of remarkable that the Picking & Choosing koan appears four times in the Blue Cliff Record, which contains only one hundred cases. So, what to do with it? When everybody tries to make sense of it, things happen: They get captured and taken off by pirates or drug lords. You’ve got to be careful in Zen.

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