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Ocean of Bright Clouds


Not advancing, not retreating, not real, not empty.
There is an ocean of bright clouds.
There is an ocean of solemn clouds.

—Dogen Zenji’s comment on the 9th Precept on not indulging anger

Audio April 14, 2020

Not Attacking, Not Withdrawing

Allison Atwill

PZI Zen Online Audio: Allison Atwill introduces a koan that is a fragment of a precept— Not attacking, not withdrawing. Not real or unreal. There’s an ocean of bright clouds, an ocean of solemn clouds. The volatility of confinement in lockdown and the vastness within it. As recorded April 7 2020.

69' 12"