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Yunmen's Golden-haired Lion (BCR39)

KOAN:

A student asked Yunmen, “What is the pure and everlasting body of reality?”
Yunmen said, “A fence of flowers and healing herbs.”
The student asked, “What’s it like when I reach there?”
Yunmen said, “Golden-haired lion!”

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 39

Text September 20, 2022

The Lion with the Golden Hair

John Tarrant

The tip of each hair on the golden-haired lion is itself a whole world, an image of all the galaxies, all piled together. This lion is warm-hearted, delighted with everything, having a generally good time no matter what kind of time we’re having.

5876 Words
Audio June 29, 2021
72' 18"
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48' 30"
Video June 2, 2019
32' 5"
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Upside Down Lists

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton talks about the lists of our lives at the Santa Rosa Creek Zendo, July 20th 2015.

23' 36"