One day Changsha went off to wander in the mountains. When he returned, the temple director met him at the gate and asked, “So, where have you been?” Changsha replied, “I’ve been strolling about in the hills.”“Which way did you go?”“I went out following the scented grasses and came back chasing the falling flowers.” The director smiled. “That’s exactly the feeling of spring,” Changsha, agreed, adding, “It’s better than autumn dew falling on lotuses.”
“Affinity is quite mysterious and as you know cannot really be explained. Affinity may begin with a picture, a book, a place, a sudden awareness: something inexpressible which is an unbidden feeling of deep kinship. Affinity is the basis for falling in love and can be the key to keeping love alive. Affinity was the way I felt at the top of the Buddhist Library stairs.”read more
An extended exploration of the Koan ‘It’s my fault’.read more
In this short except from a Dharma enquiry session Roshi Susan Murphy introduces a koan that arose from a Zen Open Circle sutra study group: It’s my fault.read more
Dharma Talk from April 2013 Sesshin, Part 4/6.
Our practice is not to clear up the mystery but to make the mystery clear. / Robert Aitkin Roshi
Dharma Talk from April 2013 Sesshin, Part 3/6.
This dewdrop world
Is but a dewdrop world
Issa – written on the one-year anniversary of the death of his firstborn child.read more
Dharma Talk from April 2013 Sesshin, Part 2/6. A monk asked Unmon, “When the tree withers and the leaves fall, what is it?” Unmon answered, “Golden wind is manifesting herself.”read more
Dharma talk from Roshi Susan Murphy. Explores the koan ‘Mu’ at the opening of our April 2013 ‘Golden Wind’ Sesshin.read more