Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, 04/24/2021
Blue Cliff Record, Case 62 – Yunmen’s “Within There is a Jewel”
Shugen Roshi reminds us that we are the creators of our lives. Our pervasive sense of being lost or broken is a creation of our mind. Out of habit we look outside of ourselves for relief. This koan tells us to “Turn the light around” and find the jewel within that shows us the path to the end of suffering.