Is This True?

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
Is This True?
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt Tremper, New York, Sunday 08/06/2023

From The Blue Cliff Record, Case 59 – Zhaozhou’s “Why not Quote it Fully?”

Shugen Roshi talks about the nature of speech and thought. Our internal dialog is not harmless, nor neutral. It doesn’t just create distractedness, but more significantly it actually is continuing to solidify a certain way of understanding ourselves and the world. But are those words conveying, as we speak internally to ourselves, what is true? Are they helping us?

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