Reduced to the Elements

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold
Reduced to the Elements
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Sunday 02/05/2023

From Master Wu-men’s Gateless Gate, Case 33 – Ma-tsu: “No Mind, No Buddha” 

These things we seek and questions we have… What is Buddha? What is enlightenment? What is peace, compassion, … When we seek something we must know something about it, no? Otherwise how would we know to seek it? Shugen Roshi encourages us to let go of what we think we know; see what happens when we let go of our understanding. Including our understanding of “letting go”.

 

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