Peach Blossoms (MK37)

KOAN:

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 May 12, 2020

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‘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.

83' 38"
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David Weinstein

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