From the Archives: The Original Source

John Daido Loori, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/28/2004

Koans of the Way of Reality

Religious traditions all over the world have always had to deal with the question of “the source.” If God created the world, then who, or what created God? Is there anything outside of God, outside the universe? It is this mystery that lies at the heart of all religious searching, and it is one that cannot be described in words or images. In taking up this question, Daido Roshi quotes Master Jingqing’s answer to a monk: “One drop is just black ink. Two drops, and a dragon comes to life.”

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