Nan Ch’uan Kills A Cat

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Blue Cliff Record, Case 63

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/1/2019

Shugen Roshi examines this startling and unsettling koan in terms of the imperative that spiritual practice can reflect in our daily lives. He asks what it takes to get us to wake up, “to open our eyes in the midst of the dream,” and take up the responsibility each of us has to be of benefit and take care of the suffering we inadvertently cause ourselves and others.

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