Open Temple Reminder: Monday AM Meditations w. David Parks EDT & Jan Black PDT September 26, 2022

Dear Friends — Join us for morning meditation in the Open Temple tomorrow.

Early Morning Meditation, Monday June 14

Eastern Temple — David Parks will welcome you in the Eastern Temple from 7-8am EDT (or 4-5am PDT) with Case #55 from The Blue Cliff Record.

Eastern Koan — Case #55: Daowu and Jianyuan Offer Condolences 

One day Daowu, accompanied by his disciple Jianyuan went to visit a family in which a funeral was to take place, in order to express sympathy. Jianyuan touched the coffin and said, "Tell me, please, is this life or is this death?" Daowu said, "I don't say life; I don't say death." Jianyuan said, "Why don't you tell me?" Daowu said, "I won't say, I won't say."

Western Temple — Jan Black will hold a cushion for you in the Western Temple from 6-7am PDT (or 9-10am EDT) with Case #1 from The Blue Cliff Record.

Western Koan — Case #1: Bodhidharma's Vast Emptiness 
Emperor Wu asked the great teacher Bodhidharma, “What is the first principle of the holy teaching?” Bodhidharma said, “Vast emptiness, nothing holy.” “Who are you, standing here in front of me?” asked the emperor. “I don’t know,” said Bodhidharma. The emperor didn’t understand.

You're invited to attend any or all sessions in the Eastern and Western Temples.

With warm wishes, Karin 

Karin Pfluger
Pacific Zen Institute
Web Coordination & General Admin