Ma Ku Carrying his Ring-Staff

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 11/03/2019

Blue Cliff Record, Case 31

Ma Ku offers the same understanding to two different teachers; one says “Correct” and the other says “Incorrect.” So how do we ever become emancipated within a world of right and wrong? Shugen Roshi presents this teisho about the tensions within duality in koan practice and life off the cushion. This right and that wrong should be practiced, thoroughly and with trust. This moment of stumbling and standing is the journey itself.

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