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The Great Koan NO (GG1) (BS18)

KOAN:

Someone asked Zhaozhou, “Does a dog have Buddha nature or not?”
Zhaozhou said, “No.”

—Gateless Gate, Case 1, & Book of Serenity, Case 18

Video July 13, 2023

Summer Sesshin: The Great Koan NO

John Tarrant

On some level, we are not human beings! Zhaozhou’s dog koan often leads off sesshins. When you throw yourself in with the dog, you make your whole body a mass of doubt. Your eyebrows are entangled with the Zen ancestors.

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