Yunmen Composes a Verse

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

True Dharma Eye, Case 261

Zen Center of New York City, 08/18/2019

Poetry when used as a Zen art serves to bring seekers to realization; although they may beautifully reveal and turn the phenomenal world, all Dharma teachings in these poems point to the great reality, to Buddha nature, right here and right now. Using the example of Yunmen guiding a student in this koan, Shugen Roshi encourages us to take heed and use our time on this earth to good use, being of true benefit to both self and other.

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