Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, 04/05/2020
Blue Cliff Record, Case 6
The challenging unknowns faced by ancient Zen teachers were often not different than our own times, with catastrophic epidemics, political upheaval and uncertainties. Facing the epicenter of the pandemic in NYC, Shugen Roshi turns to this koan that looks beyond the superficial and into our great capacity—our human gifts—for living deeply and fully into the present reality.