Zhaozhou's No (GG1)(BS18)

KOAN:

Someone asked Zhaozhou, “Does a dog have Buddha nature or not?”
Zhaozhou said, “No.”

– Gateless Gate, Case 1, & Book of Serenity, Case 18

Text October 8, 2020

13 No – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 13: The link between the koan and the transformation of your life is real, but since the process isn’t linear you might not notice it at first. The link might seem to be in a black box—invisible.

6233 Words
Text May 8, 2020

Your Life is Right Here -2018

John Tarrant

When you really stop disapproving of your life, and think maybe, “what if I’m living the right life, right now, with
everything I’m complaining about?” If I’m living the right life, right now …. Hey, it’s not so
bad!

848 Words
Audio April 15, 2020

The Great Koan ‘No’ – PZI Online Zen -Recorded April 2

David Parks

Zen Online – Dharma Talk on the great koan ‘No’, by David Parks, Roshi director of Blue Grass Zen in Lexington KY. As recorded April 2nd.

52' 39"
Video January 11, 2020

The First Dog & ‘NO’

John Tarrant

The great koan NO and dogs in our lives. ‘Reality’ is an edit of everything that is always really going on.

41' 2"
Audio December 4, 2019

Yes, She Knew What She was Doing!

Allison Atwill

That dog knew what she was doing when she ‘dogged’. Zhaozhou also says ‘Yes’, a dog has Buddha nature. Becoming a dog who knew what she was doing is encouraging. Maybe something isn’t wrong with the dog you are right now.

45' 52"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Dog Part of the Koan NO

John Tarrant

The dog part of the koan emerges from the resounding NO as a companion for the inner life. Humans and dogs have been companions for eons and are clearly in the fossil record from ancient times. Through this long relationship down through time, dogs have learned to relate and map us and our inner lives. What is our relationship to the natural world? Dogs help us remember there is no separation, as does meditation practice.

66' 15"
Audio December 4, 2019

Nobody Meets Buddha Nature

David Weinstein

Hating the koan ‘NO’! And the nature of limiting stories. What is the color of ‘NO’? Red, like stop signs. Always other possibilities…

47' 0"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Art & Craft of Koan Practice

John Tarrant

Often we chase out and look for things, but when things come toward us – that’s enlightenment. In retreat, time expands and the universe appears. The art and craft of koan practice – freeing the heart and mind.

59' 32"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Space Between Yes & No

Jon Joseph

Investigating the place of unaming where life comes forward to meet us. It’s a place of risk and desire, play, brightness.

32' 49"
Misc November 27, 2017
Text November 15, 2017

Starter Kit for the Koan “No”

John Tarrant

A monk once asked Master Joshu, “Has a dog the Buddha Nature or not?” Joshu said, “No!”

284 Words
Video June 26, 2017

Stories of NO

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton, Roshi offers a talk on what it’s like to live with the koan “Does a dog have Buddha nature? No.”

24' 34"