More Than Mending

Shenshan was mending clothes with a needle and thread. “What are you doing?” asked Dongshan “Mending.” “How is that?” “One stitch is like…

When We Can No Longer Advance

To advance from where you can no longer advance and to do what can no longer be done, you must make yourself into a raft or ferryboat for…

When Yes! Is the All of It

To advance from where you can no longer advance and to do what can no longer be done, you must make yourself into a raft or ferryboat for ot

Save the People

A student asked Zhaozhou, ‘‘’The greatest way is not difficult if you just don’t pick and choose. As soon as someone speaks, we think tha…

Fault or Not ~ 2

Three times Linji went to Huangbo and asked him,”What is the true meaning of the Buddhadharma?” and three times, Huangbo hit him and drov…

We Share Joy

Wuzu shouted at Yuanwu, “Why did Bodhidharma come from the West?” He answered himself: “The cypress tree in the garden!” At these words …

Peach Blossoms

Deshan one day descended to the dining hall, bowls in hand. Xuefeng asked him, “Where are you going with your bowls in hand, Old Teacher?…

I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill

If an enlightened person draws out the plan for a prison on the ground, why can’t they get out? ~ Xutang’s Three Questions, Entangling Vi…

An Invitation

Deshan one day descended to the dining hall, bowls in hand. Xuefeng asked him, “Where are you going with your bowls in hand, Old Teacher?…

In The Blue Dragon’s Cave

For twenty years I have suffered bitterly. How many times have I gone down into Blue Dragon’s cave for you? ~ The Blue Cliff Record, Case…