a. (Entangling Vines, Case 8) Lingyun was wandering in the mountains and became lost in his walking. He rounded a bend and saw peach blossoms on the other side of the valley. This sight awakened him and he wrote this poem:
For thirty years I sought a sword master.
How many times have leaves fallen
and new buds appeared?
But from the moment I saw the peach blossoms,
I’ve had no doubts.
b. (Transmission of Light, Case 12) Later, Keizan, the Japanese teacher wrote:
The village peach blossoms didn’t know
their own pink
but still they freed Lingyun
from all his doubts.
– PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 37
Audio: PZI Zen online Allison sits with Awakening. What is it? Awakening experience is outside of our control or will. It comes in a from a direction we don’t know about – a direction we have darkened. The sufficiency of the moment. Hakuin Ikkaku as a teacher and seeing into your essential nature. As recorded May 5, 2020.
‘Peach Blossoms’ – With John Tarrant, Roshi as recorded online, April 19 2020: Meditation & Dharma Talk plus comments from participants. Seeing the crimson of the peach blossoms across a canyon after seeking 30 years, a teacher is enlightened.