Zhaozhou’s “A Newborn Baby” (Koan)

Small Group Koan Work Wednesday, May 24, 2017   Tonight, we took up this month’s case, Zhaozhou’s A Newborn Baby (Blue Cliff Record, #80).   The Players Zhaozhou Congshen (778-897, 10th gen) was a disciple of Nanquan (748-835), who was a disciple of Mazu (709-88). Touzi Datong (819-914, 11th gen) was a disciple of Cuiwei. Touzi…

Tonight’s Koan Practice: Zhaozhou’s Dog.

Koan Practice, February 23, 2017 Book of Serenity, Case 18: Zhaozhou’s “Dog” Introduction A gourd floating on the water—push it down and it turns: a jewel in the sunlight—it has no definite shape. It cannot be attained by mindfulness, nor known by mindfulness. Immeasurably great people are turned about in the stream of words—is there…