Chao Chou’s Three Turning Words, Part 2

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/25/2020

The Blue Cliff Record, Case 96, The Gold Buddha

In this second part of this teaching on this koan Shugen Roshi turns to the verse, “A gold Buddha does not pass through the furnace,” to examine how seekers of the Way encounter our clinging. How is it that we become adept at recognizing what is seen, and its depth and strength? And in releasing, or having lost what we hold most dear, what remains?

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