T’ou Tzu’s All Sounds

Ron Hogen Green, Sensei 

Zen Center of New York City, 11/03/2019

Blue Cliff Record, Case 79

Hogen Sensei explores the question: How can we understand the difference between absolute and relative? How can we rest in emptiness and yet manifest in each situation as true wisdom and compassion? Using T’ou Tzu’s famous koan as an entry into the mystery of absolute and relative truths, Sensei looks at morality that is not just absolute and not just relative, but specific to the situation. Our task is to investigate our life, using these two fundamental truths to find the wisdom that will eventually arise from practice.

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