Yanguan’s “Rhinoceros Fan”

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Book of Serenity, Case 25

Zen Center of New York City, 12/21/2019

What does it take to bring us face to face with our fundamental nature? The whole purpose of a koan is to awaken us to this, and Yanguan’s request surprises his attendant and the attendant has no reply. We have what we are seeking, but we just don’t know it, or how to find it. Trusting that this right now is sufficient, letting go of right and wrong, Shugen Roshi encourages us to allow the question to bring everything to life.

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