Zhaozhou’s Greatest Way Isn't Difficult (BCR2)


Zhaozhou taught, “’The greatest way isn’t difficult if you don’t pick and choose.’ As soon as I speak, you’ll think, ‘That’s picking and choosing,’ or ‘That’s clear.’ But I don’t identify with clarity. Can you live like that?”
A student asked, “If you don’t identify with clarity, what do you live by?”
“I don’t know.”
“If you don’t know, why do you say that you don’t identify with clarity?”
“When you ask the question you already have it. Make your bow and step back.”

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 2 (based on a quote from 3rd Ancestor Sengcan‘s “Trust in Mind,” a foundational Chan text)

Video July 20, 2017

The Great Way

John Tarrant

John Tarrant Roshi presenting at the Winter Bare Bones Sesshin 2011 on “The Great Way,” and other interesting bits on transformation of consciousness.

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