PZI Teacher Archives
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)
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.
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.