2016-10-14

Oct 12 - 18. BCR #76

Autumn, week 4
"Let go of and forget your body and mind. Throw your life into the abode of the Buddha, living by being moved and led by the Buddha. When you do this without relying on your own physical and mental power, you become released from life and death and become a Buddha. This is the Truth. Do not search for the Truth anywhere else.” -Dogen
Chants for Wed Oct 12 - Tue Oct 18 (from Boundless Way Zen Sutra Book. See: BoWZ Westchester Chant Schedule)
  • Song of Realizing the Dao, p. 23
  • An Unending Truth, p. 27
  • Facing Everything, p. 27
Next Saturday Zen Service: Oct 15, 10:00 - 11:45am.
Room 24, Community UU
468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains, NY


This week's reading: "Great Expectations," from Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen. p. 144. (To order from Amazon CLICK HERE)

This week's case is the same as last week: "Danxia's 'Have You Had Your Dinner?'" Blue Cliff Record, #76

Case
Danxia asked a monk, "Where have you come from?"
The monk answered, "From the foot of the mountain."
Danxia asked, "Have you eaten your rice?"
The monk said, "Yes I have eaten it."
Danxia said, "The one who brought rice and gave it to you to eat – did he have an [enlightened] eye?"
The monk said nothing.
Changqing asked Baofu, "Surely it is an act of thanksgiving [that is, for the guidance already received from buddhas, patriarchs and masters] to bring rice and give it to the people to eat. How then is it possible not to have an [enlightened] eye?"
Baofu said, "Server and receiver are both blind."
Changqing said, "Even if one has done everything, does one still remain blind, or not?"
Baofu said, "Do you call me blind?"

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