Daitsu Chisho

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

The Gateless Gate, Case 9

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/05/2020

At the conclusion of an introduction to Zen Practice Weekend, Shugen Roshi examines a koan originally drawn from the Lotus Sutra. In this teaching story, how are we to understand attainment or the absence of attainment? The Way is originally perfect and all pervading, always present – and yet we experience a sense of distance, a gap. It is within this gap that practice occurs.

NextFusatsu, New Years Eve, 2020