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Summer Dreams – Maitreya’s Place

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Summer is a time of dreams. Dreams, summertime, and koans have a lot in common. It is a time of permeability, to feel your way. Things that come out of the depths are what will get us through, but we can also have a strange resistance to them! The imagination is the bridge to the new. John shares Yangshan’s dream koan of being asked to teach from the third seat.

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Summer is a time of dreams. It includes family celebrations, more noise, and also fear. It has it all. And there is always a permeability about life—bits of it drift into other bits. Robert Hopke on synchronicity points this out with stories on these interruptions of life.

Dreams, summer and koans have a lot in common. It is a time to feel your way – step by step in the dark. Things that come out of the depths are what will get us through, but we can also have a strange resistance to them! The imagination is the bridge to the new.

Here is Yangshan’s dream:

KOAN:

Yanghshan dreamed he went to Maitreya’s realm and was led to the third seat. A senior monk struck the stand with a gavel, and announced:
“Today, the one in the third seat will preach!”
Yanghshan arose, struck the stand with the gavel, and said,
“The truth of the dharma is transcendent, beyond words and thought.”

Yunmen’s comment: “Did he preach or not?”

—Gateless Gate, Case 25

 

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