403. The Zen novice is directed to go straight on a narrow mountain path with ninety-nine curves. Notice that the narrow winding path is a mountain path. Might this be significant?
Monday, 7 December 2020
402. Koan: 'Inorder to be a worthy Zen student I must go straight on a narrow mountain path with ninety-nine curves'. Like with so many Zen koans this one demands that the student do the (seemingly) impossible. The central point of the koan would have the student 'go straight' on a narrow winding mountain path. Can this be done? If so, how?
Thursday, 5 November 2020
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
400. Bodhidharma is a key figure in the Zen Buddhist tradition in that he is credited with transmitting Dhyana Buddhism from India to China where it was translated into C'han. Contemporary scholarship has raised questions about the historicity of Bodhidharma and his pivotal role linking Dhyana and C'han. Should it be demonstrated that Bodhidharma is a fictional character, how would this affect your practice of Zen?