"'To give is non-attachment,' that is, just not to attach to anything is to give." - Shunryu SuzukiSaturday Zen Service, May 16: 10:00am - 11:45am.
Reading for this week: "God Giving" from Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. (For Amazon, ORDER HERE.)
This week's case: Gateless Gate #21, "Yunmen's Kanshiketsu!"
A monk asked Yunmen in all earnestness, "What is Buddha?"
Yunmen said, "Kanshiketsu! (a dried shit-stick)"
It should be said of Yunmen that he was too poor to prepare even the plainest food and too busy to write a draft. Suddenly he took up the shit-stick to support the gate (of Buddhism). You can see how the Dharma has decayed.
Sparks shooting from a flint;
A moment's blinking
It's already missed.