Sunday, 20 December 2020

403. ZEN REMARKS

 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. ZEN REMARKS

 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

401. ZEN REMARKS

 401. In the vast wide world of Master Unmon, is there room for Bodhidharma? If so, where?

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

400. ZEN REMARKS

 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? 

Saturday, 17 October 2020

399. ZEN REMARKS

 399. Do you find yourself standing between an outer world and an inner world? If so, on what do you stand? 

Sunday, 11 October 2020

398. ZEN REMARKS

 398. Clearly see that 'all five skandhas are empty' and realize for yourself 'how vast and wide the world is'. 

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

397. ZEN REMARKS

 397. My world, your world, the world -- are they the same or different?