PZI Teacher Archives
A student asked Zhaozhou, “You always say, ‘The greatest way is not difficult if you don’t pick and choose.’ Hasn’t this become a cliché?”
Zhaozhou said, “You’re not the first person to ask me that. The truth is that I haven’t been able to avoid saying it that way.”
Yuanwu comments, “Zhaozhou didn’t use shouts the way some people did.”
—Blue Cliff Record Case 58 (transl. John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland,
titled: Zhaozhou Can Only Say It That Way)
It’s remarkable that the Picking & Choosing koan appears four times in the Blue Cliff Record, which contains only one hundred cases. So, what to do with it? Whatever you see is going to be true, it’s going to belong to you.
David tells the story of Jiashan’s awakening, after being sent by Daowu to find the Boat Monk. David also guides a revealing exercise in picking and choosing. Complete talk given in Summer Sesshin, June 16, 2022. 37 minutes.
You are a stowaway in a wild koan journey of picking & choosing, told by John Tarrant. He recounts the adventures, awakenings and conversations of the great teachers that were gathered at the Blue Cliff with Yuanwu.