2017-01-05

Jan 4 - 10. GG #7, BOS #39

Winter, week 3
"Zazen that leads to Self-realization is neither idle reverie nor vacant inaction but an intense inner struggle to gain control over the mind and then to use it, like a silent missile, to penetrate the barrier of the five senses and the discursive intellect (that is, the sixth sense). It demands energy, determination, and courage.” -Philip Kapleau
Chants for Wed Jan 4 - Tue Jan 10 (from Boundless Way Zen Sutra Book. See: BoWZ Westchester Chant Schedule)
  • Genjokoan 1, p. 32
  • Heart Sutra, p. 12
Next Saturday Zen Service: Jan 8, 10:00 - 11:45am.
Room 24, Community UU
468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains, NY


This week's reading: "Editor's Introduction" -- first half (pp. 1-4), from Yasutani's Introductory Lectures. See PDF here.

This week's case: "Zhoazhou's "Wash Your Bowls," Gateless Gate #7; Book of Serenity #39.

Case
A monk asked Zhaozhou, "I have just entered this monastery. I beg you, Master, please give me instructions."
Zhaozhou asked, "Have you eaten your rice gruel yet?"
The monk answered, "Yes, I have."
Zhaozhou said, "Then wash your bowls."

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