Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, 02/02/2020
The Blue Cliff Record, Case 35
“Right at this very moment seeing and hearing are not obscured…ordinary people and sages dwell together.” Presenting this koan from the Blue Cliff Record, Shugen Roshi explores the way our delusions create destruction and pain—an experience of poverty of spirit—and asks us to enter with a mind of not-knowing. When we experience our “self” as a temporary gathering place, we are freed. When our view is in harmony with the nature of things, our world is also in harmony; an ordinary life is nothing special but it is also more extraordinary than we think.