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Salt and Sauce (EV61)


Once, there were great troubles in the land, and the teacher had no news of Mazu in the twenty years since he had gone off to start his own place. So the teacher sent someone to ask, “How are you?”

Mazu told him, “It’s been twenty years of temporary getting-by but I’ve never lacked salt and sauce.”

—Entangling Vines Case 61

Video April 1, 2023

We’ve Never Lacked for Salt & Sauce

John Tarrant

The salt and sauce is the invisible component of practice, of life. It is the place in which we are held when disaster strikes, or there’s chronic illness, or you find yourself at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. You might not need what you think you do to get by. What is salt and sauce for you? We can be at peace in the midst of the madness of events – this is our main work in zen. Music for meditation from Micheal Wilding on flute and then on drum. Complete Sunday Zen session from March 12, 2023. 

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