2015-05-13

Sat May 16

Spring, week 9
"'To give is non-attachment,' that is, just not to attach to anything is to give." - Shunryu Suzuki
Saturday 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!"

Case:
A monk asked Yunmen in all earnestness, "What is Buddha?"
Yunmen said, "Kanshiketsu! (a dried shit-stick)"

Wumen's Commentary:
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.

Wumen's Verse:
Lightning flashing,
Sparks shooting from a flint;
A moment's blinking
It's already missed.

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