Baling’s Blown-Hair Sword (MK74c) (BC100)

KOAN:

‘What is the blown-hair sword?
Every branch of coral holds up the moon.’ Baling, Blue Cliff Record, Case 100

Misc December 17, 2017

Coral Moon

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill, “Coral Moon,” 2013. Acrylic on birch panel with silver leaf, 30″ x 40″.

Text November 15, 2017

The Power of Koan Practice

John Tarrant

Those who have used koans have described them as a poetic technology for bringing about awakening, a painful but effective gate into the consciousness of the Buddha, an easy method of integrating awakening into everyday life, the most frustrating thing they have ever done, an appalling waste of time, a tyranny perpetrated by Zen masters… Well, you get the idea — about koans, opinions differ.

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Video July 11, 2017

Each Branch of Coral Holds Up The Moon

John Tarrant

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.

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Video July 11, 2017

Each Branch of Coral Holds Up the Moon

Allison Atwill

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.

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