PZI Teacher Archives
Baling’s Blown Hair Sword (MK74c) (BCR100)
What is the blown-hair sword?
Each branch of coral holds up the moon.
—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 74c & Blue Cliff Record, Case 100
(from Baling Haojian’s Three Barriers)
Each Branch of Coral Holds Up The Moon
Roshi John Tarrant gives the third of three koans for Bare Bones retreat. The head of the koan is: “What is the sharpest sword or the sword which will cut even the finest piece of hair in two?” The response to the question is, “Each branch of coral holds up the moon.” February 22, 2013.
Each Branch of Coral Holds Up the Moon
Allison Atwill Sensei describes the making of her amazing art piece inspired by the koan, “Each Branch of Coral Holds Up the Moon.” January 24, 2013.