Not for Anything Else (BCR11)

KOAN:

When Huangbo first met Baizhang, Baizhang said, “Magnificent! Imposing! Where have you come from?”
Huangbo said, “Magnificent and imposing, I’ve come from the mountains.”
Baizhang asked, “What have you come for?”
Huangbo said, “Not for anything else.”

—Commentary on Blue Cliff Record Case 11

Video September 6, 2022

Predicament Koans: The Goose in the Bottle

John Tarrant

A predicament koan for our times. A woman raises a goose in a bottle. When it is grown she wishes to remove it without breaking the bottle or killing the goose. How do you get the goose out of the bottle? What is the glass between you and the world? This koan offers a chance to taste life. Music from Michael Wilding, Amaryllis Fletcher, and Jordan McConnell. Complete session recorded September 4, 2022. 1 hour, 12 minutes.

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