PZI Tuesday Meditation - Michelle Riddle, Sensei
PZI Online Meditation & Dharma Talk with Michelle Riddle, Sensei
we come up short' TUESDAY July 14th: 5:00-6:30pm PDT – new day and time for Michelle
Another way to say it is, what if what the old zen teachers say is actually true? For example – now is what we have, wishing to be somewhere else or someone else won’t help.
The old zen teacher Leonard Cohen gave us:
Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in
This resonates for many of us, but do we believe it when it comes to ourselves?
I’ve been enjoying YunMen recently, and all of the stories where he enters the Dharma Hall for formal instruction and he just says one thing, often answers his own question, and then leaves.
Here’s a few from YunMen:
“How about when one makes a hole in the wall in order to steal the neighbor’s light?”
“There it is!”
Someone asked Master Yunmen, “What is the eye of the genuine teaching?”
The Master said, “Everything!”
Someone asked, “The Honored Ones of the ten directions all had a single gateway to ultimate liberation. What is this gateway?
The Master said, “I can’t tell.”
The Questioner went on, “Master, why can’t you tell?”
The Master replied, “If you, just you, present the problem then I can.”
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