PZI Teacher Archives
Yunmen Says It Upside Down (BCR15)
Then the student asked Yunmen, “But when it’s not the things I can see, and it’s not what the things are doing, what is it?”
Yunmen said, “Say it upside down.”
—Blue Cliff Record, Case 15
Winter Sesshin: Trusting in the Dao
Explanations of Zen, or of anything, are not it. Zen does not try to make you pure—it tries to make you whole. We can trust in the Dao, but by explaining it, we move away from it. Something deeper is going on, carrying us.
How to Defeat the Enemy
Turning your thoughts upside down is almost always progress, especially with conflicts that seem old and full of certainty. Article by John Tarrant published in Lion’s Roar magazine June 9, 2009.