This Week: Mar 3 - 8

"If your practice is good, you may become proud of it. What you do is good, but something more is added to it. Pride is extra. Right effort is to get rid of something extra."
- Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Morning Zen: Mon-Fri: 7:30 - 8:30
Saturday Zen Service: 10:00 - 11:30

    The dharma talks/discussions each day are based on these readings. Read the chapter or koan in advance if you can. (If not, no worries.)

    Mon Mar 3. Charlotte Joko Beck, Nothing Special. Ch. 11, "The Eye of the Hurricane."

    Tue Mar 4. Koan of the Week. "Knowing Is Not the Way." Gateless Gate #34.

    Wed Mar 5. Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Ch. 14, "Right Effort."

    Thu Mar 6. Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of Buddha's Teaching. Ch. 12, "Right Speech."

    Fri Mar 7. Taizan Maezumi & Bernie Glassman, On Zen Practice: Body, Breath & Mind. Ch. 3. "Fukanzazengi: 'Principles of Seated Meditation'."

    Sat Mar 8. Diamond Sutra (trans. Red Pine), chapter 3.

    Gateless Gate #34: "Knowing Is Not the Way"

    Nanquan said, "Mind is not Buddha; knowing is not the Way."

    Wumen's Commentary:
    It should be said of Nanquan that he has grown old and knows no shame. Just opening his
    stinking mouth he exposed the disgrace of his own household. There are very few, however,
    who are grateful for his kindness.

    Wumen's Verse:
    When the sky clears, the sun appears;
    When the rain falls, the earth is wet.
    With all his heart, he has preached everything,
    But I fear nobody can believe it.

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    The "Koan of the Week" is drawn from these three koan collections.

    "Gateless Gate" (a.k.a. "Wumenguan," "Wu-men-kuan," "Mumonkan").

    "Blue Cliff Record" (a.k.a.. "Biyan Lu," "Pi-yen Lu," "Hekiganroku").

    "Book of Serenity" (a.k.a. "Book of Equanimity," "Congrong Lu," "Ts'ung-jung Lu," "Shoyoroku").

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