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

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…

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…

Age of Sages and Emperors

In the middle of nothing, there is a road that has no dust. If you just do not mention the names of the sages and emperors, You’ll be mor…

Of Partridges and Slugs

A monk asked the teacher in all earnestness, “Both speech and silence are concerned with form and emptiness. How can we transcend them?” …

On South Mountain

Hsueh Feng taught the assembly, “On South Mountain, there is a turtle-nosed cobra snake. All of you people must watch out carefully!” Cha…

Ordinary Way is the Virus

Chao-Chou asked Nan-chuan, “What is the Way?” Nan-chuan replied, “Ordinary Way is the Mind.”
~ The Gateless Barrier, Case 19, paraphrased

Held Hostage

The priest Nan-chuan found monks from the eastern and western halls arguing over a cat. He held up the cat and said, “Everyone! If you ca…

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…

When the Wheels Come Off

The teacher asked a monk, “The master cart-­maker made a hundred carts. If he took off both wheels and removed the axle, what would he ma…