The National Teacher’s Stone Lion

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Koans of the Way of Reality, Case 103

Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/08/2019

In the spirit of the Buddha’s enlightenment vigil under the Bodhi tree, Shugen Roshi speaks about fearlessnes in this koan of the Stone Lion. Reacting to our own ubiquitous anxiety about impermanence, and never really knowing what will happen next, how do we proceed skillfully? The Buddha’s courage and fearlessness on the path of practice is not so distant or different from our own.

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