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    a jolly nice koan for sitters

    Dosho Port on his blog quotes Anderson roshi in Warm Smiles from Cold MountainsWhen Kishizawa Ian, Suzuki Roshi's second teacher, was a young monk, he was sitting in meditation on a rainy day and heard the sound of a distant waterfall. Then the wooden han was struck. He went to his teacher (maybe Oka Sotan) and asked, "What is the place where the sound of the rain, the waterfall, and the han meet?"His teacher replied, "True eternity still flows."And then he asked, "What is this true eternity that still flows?""It is like a bright mirror, permanently smooth," said his teacher."Is there anything beyond this?" asked the young monk."Yes," responded his teacher."What is beyond this?" inquired the young monk.And his teacher replied, "Break the mirror. Come, and I'll meet you."[/quote]

    These are three long stretch of words to answer the silent question:

    All there is to break (maybe)
    is the idea of here and there being apart
    nothing holy
    all is jolly
    as the good old red beard says


    Veil of rain
    Wooden han echoing
    Wet drizzle soaking everything
    making or breaking a mirror
    how could we have ever parted?

    In the mind seal
    ten thousand drops
    and sounds whirling
    it arises
    they arise
    what is left to break?


    Up to you,now!...

    palm to palm

    Taigu

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    What I should have said is:

    Then the teacher got up and raked the yard.

    Gassho

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    Dear Taigu,

    I have great hopes to meet you one day . And I have great hopes to meet Jundo.

    Please say hi from me when you meet Dogen and thank him for Mountains and Rivers.

    gassho,
    rowan
    who is very far from face to face, but hopeful

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    Re: a jolly nice koan for sitters

    Thank you, Taigu.

    Gassho,
    Bill

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    Thank you!

    Gassho Shohei

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    Re: a jolly nice koan for sitters

    Thank you Taigu,

    Those words were penetrating and at the same time brought on a smile.

    Gassho,
    Jintai

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