For Your Benefit (MK48)

KOAN:

Two friends were washing their bowls in a creek, and they saw two crows fighting over a frog. One friend asked, “Why does it always have to be like that?”
The other friend replied, “It’s only for your benefit, honored one.”

– PZI Miscellanous Koans, Case 48 (Dongshan)

Misc September 30, 2020

All For You

Ellen Van Fleet

Art: Ellen Van Fleet, artist, mixed media on paper.

Video January 12, 2020

Delight in the Chaos of Life – Not Knowing

John Tarrant

Uncertainty allows us to enter life more fully. Zen likes predicaments. The koans are allies in this. The unexpected questions are often those that help the most. All the strategies defend against life – ‘Become more lost’ – a zen entreaty.

52' 35"
Video September 18, 2019

The World Is Here For You

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a dharma talk Thursday night of the 2011 spring sesshin. The universe is here for each one of us. Underlying the troubles and pain of the world there is always a presence, a brightness, which is us and we are it. April 21, 2011.

65' 31"
Video June 7, 2019

Only For Your Benefit, Honored One

John Tarrant

John Tarrant continues his teaching on Dongshan’s great koan, “Only for Your Benefit, Honored One.” April 18, 2011.

45' 15"
Video July 20, 2017

Walking the Bright Road

John Tarrant

John Tarrant presents on the concept of suddenness — when we enter it, difficulty starts to unpack. January 17, 2011.

35' 52"
Video July 20, 2017

Crows Fighting Over a Frog, Part 2

John Tarrant

John Tarrant continues his teaching on Dongshan’s great koan, “Only for Your Benefit, Honored One.” April 19, 2011.

45' 15"
Video June 30, 2017

Radical Transparency and Koans as Frenemies

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton, at the June-July sesshin held at Land of Medicine Buddha, talks hackers, privacy, and zen koans in an age of technology.

19' 36"