Qingshui: A Poor Monastic

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 03/08/2020

Gateless Gate Case 10

Buddhist practice is driven by the question of how to know how to be satisfied in light of the endless desires and acquisitiveness that marks our human experience. In this case from the Gateless Gate, Qingshui expresses his sense of being spiritually “poor and destitute” and asks his teacher to make him rich. As experiential beings we are anxious at the thought of fully letting go, unsure of what will replace that which we’ve relinquished. Practice allows us to continue to experience the ordinary pleasures as equal to what they are, to trust in non-possessiveness, and to embrace our true nature as our wealth.

NextSpring Ango Opening, ZCNYC, 2020