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Guishan’s Active Consiousness

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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 6/26/2019

Book of Serenity, Case 37

Citing Dogen’s fascicle on Thusness and passages from the Lankavatara Sutra, Shugen Roshi explores being true to oneself and true to the dharma in sacred mountain training. The question for practitioners is: what is it to whole-heartedly live, and how do we take that up in each moment? This encounter between Guishan and Yangshan is one of many koans using a call and response to explore the deeper intimacy between teacher and student and within the student’s own mind of inquiry.