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?
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Sunday, 11 October 2020
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Saturday, 26 September 2020
395. Do you stand at a window in your room and survey the world vast and wide spread out before you? Is that world simply the object of an act of spontaneous extroversion? Is your relation to the vast wide world one of subject to object? Is the world -- your world -- vast and wide as it is, limited to what you can see, hear, taste, touch and smell?