Yun Men’s Appropriate Statement

Ron Hogen Green, Sensei 

Zen Center of New York City, 02/16/2020

The Blue Cliff Record, Case 14

Where is the place where the absolute nature of reality meets the relative details of our lives? The place where each is identical to the other? The “teachings of a whole lifetime” referenced in this koan presented by Hogen Sensei comes down to the practice and realization of the Buddha, the “appropriate statement” perhaps when the self is seen and released and forgotten, when the absolute nature of reality is present in the relative aspects of our life, in every step of our practice.

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