If you meet the Bodhisattva
you don’t ask someone to carve the image from your mind. To the carver, she weighs but an ounce and can be carried on his fingertip but try and lift her and you will not be able to move her from her place.
are one Buddha but his Buddha will never be your Buddha.
A reflection on Case 58 of the Iron Flute Koans.
Twenty thousand generations
a hundred hundred lives the briefest moment in being, there is no becoming, no leaving
and nothing is attained
for there is no need of attainment, Seijo whispered to no one.
A reflection on Case 9 of the Mumonkan (The Gateless Gate Koans)
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If the student asks the teacher
for greater knowledge he will be met with a blow from the stick. If he asks again the teacher will respond I have nothing to give you. Will you recognize the greatest gift when it is offered to you or will you continue to pursue its shadow.
A reflection on Case 79 of the Iron Flute koans.
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What were you doing
three days ago and what will you do three days from now. Are you the same person now as you were, will be?
While your face in the mirrorKoan
seems much the same each day you die a bit each day you are reborn. A thousand days a thousand years a passing moment, how do they differ?
A reflection on Case 68 of the Iron Flute Koans
If, sitting at your meal
you hear the song of a bird, what do you do? You may tap your chopstick rest, and perhaps he will answer and repeat his sweet song. If you tap a second time and there is only silence is the bird rejecting you or offering his song to another, flown from your window.
Perhaps you should tap again
and hear the sweeter song of silence that echoes over the garden and zendo. On a distant limb the small songbird smiles.
A reflection on Case 60 of the Iron Flute Koans.
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If Kyosei asks
from where I have come how will I answer him? If he asks where my teacher lives what will I tell him?
Such a fool I am
to wander from there to here from here to another place seeking a path on which I am always standing still. Thirty blows is the least I deserve. But Kyosei withdraws the stick.
A reflection on Case 64 of the Iron Flute Koans
If you ask how
can one find the way I will take you into the garden to look at the roses. Each rose is of a different size and color, but which is of the right size and which the right shade?
A reflection on Case 71 of the Shobogenzo (Dogen’s True Dharma Eye)
A thousand steps,
one hundred thousand more along the path and the goal seems ever farther away. Stop and rest in perfect stillness. You are there, it has walked with you.
A reflection on Case 86 of the Shobogenzo (Dogen’s True Dharma Eye)
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and Schrodinger’s cat- are they one and the same? Leave the lid on the box of the mind. What is the half life of a thought?
A reflection on Cse 114 of teh Shobogenzo (Dogne’s True Dharma Eye)
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A wealthy man may
spend many lifetimes looking in endless shops for a mirror cast as a Buddha image. The poor man peers into a still pond and sees the entire universe.
A reflection on Case 116 of the Shobogenzo (Dogen’s True Dharma Eye)
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