Someone asked Zhaozhou, “What is the depth of the deep?
Zhaozhou said, “How long has there been a deep?”
“The deep has been here forever.”
“Fortunately, you met me, you almost became someone who was deeped to death.”
Lately I have noticed myself gravitating to the koans...
The monks gathered in the hall to hear the great Fayan of Qingliang give a talk before the midday meal. He pointed to the bamboo blinds, and two students went and rolled them up in the same way. Fayan said, “One gains, one loses.”
When the Buddha was walking with a group, he pointed to the ground and said, “This would be the right place to build a monastery.”
Indra, lord of the gods, took a stalk of grass, stuck it in the ground, and said, “The monastery is complete.”
The Buddha smiled.
Something is burning, like a fire across the river. You can see it, it burns brightly, consuming everything in its path. The animals run. The wildfire leaves only the earth, scorched and black in its wake. This fire across the river is distant and apart, beyond your a...