Dongshan’s “Not-Buddha”

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

True Dharma Eye, Case 72

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/30/2019

Shugen Roshi examines Dongshan’s koan of “Not-Buddha,” encouraging us to go beyond the status quo of suffering. When we can see Samsara as not inevitable, we are beginning to go beyond our powerlessness and take up the burden of not knowing what happens next. The Way is free from success or failure, and we can open our hearts and minds by trusting that the treasure store is open even when our habit-minds think otherwise.